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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published July 16 2013

Weather Talk: July, August exceptions to average for cloudiness

Although the sun did make a brief appearance Monday evening just before sunset, Sunday and Monday were cloudy days. In fact, quite dreary at times with cloud ceilings only around 1,000 feet at times.

Although many of us do not think of this area as exceptionally cloudy, the average number of days in a year that the sky is overcast in Fargo-Moorhead is 168 days. That is nearly one out of every two days. Every month of the year, with two exceptions, averages between 12 and 18 cloudy days.

The two exceptions happen to be July and August. Historically, this time of the year tends to be the sunniest, therefore cloudy periods like we experienced earlier this week tend to be a bit more noticeable.

The average number of cloudy days in July is seven, and the August average is eight. That means the 62 days from July 1 through Aug. 31 only average as many cloudy days as the other 10 months do by themselves.


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