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John Wheeler, Published June 26 2013

Weather Talk: Summer climate has turned more humid in recent years

Humidity: It is the most divisive element of summer weather. Some love it when the weather gets humid; others find such weather despicable.

Our location in the center of the continent means we get air from different regions, many of which do not have high humidity. So our northern summer weather oscillates between humid and not so humid, unlike places farther south that remain humid all summer.

However, our summer climate has been getting more humid in recent years. Compared to 30 years ago, Fargo-Moorhead summers have more humid days and also more days of extremely high humidity.

Although the frequency of high temperatures in the 90s and 100s has dropped, the routinely higher humidity has caused an increase in the average temperatures at night. Not surprisingly, the increase in humidity is also related to an increase in rainfall and more frequent summer flooding.

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