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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published October 25 2012

Weather Talk: Current chilly weather not particularly unusual

Our weather memories are extremely short-term. For example, the current chilly pattern has an almost wintry feel. Although this is a bit below average for October, it is not breaking any records, nor is it particularly unusual.

The weather has been much cooler this fall than last fall, and the memory of last year’s record warmth may have left a stronger mark, skewing our perspective a little further.

My first fall in Fargo-Moorhead was 1985. Fall weather started in August that year. September was very cool, as was early October. But the second half of October was very mild with a long string of sunny days and temperatures in the 60s.

But the weather turned suddenly cold in November and stayed that way. By Thanksgiving, snow was very deep and temperatures were below zero (day and night).

The point is, our short-term, skewed perspective may be giving us a false impression of the season overall. It may be chilly today, but this is likely to change.


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