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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published April 11 2013

Weather Talk: Spring not an example of weather gone wrong

From hot to cold or from dry to wet, weather and climate are nothing if not changeable. This particular spring, miserable as it is, is not an example of weather gone wrong any more so than last year’s warmth.

Here in the northern Plains, the changes in the weather can be even more noticeable than most places because we are located in the center of a vast continent, far from the modifying effects of any oceans.

And because the one major mountain range in North America is oriented north to south, there is nothing to block the movement of air between the North Pole and the tropics. Whenever the wind shifts, the weather changes. And as the large-scale weather pattern shifts, we go through long-term periods of anomalous weather. Before long, it will be too hot instead of too cold.

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