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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published September 25 2013

Weather Talk: Strong thunderstorms tend to be uncommon in late fall

With each passing autumn day, the odds of recording any more severe weather drops. Although severe weather has been observed in this area as late as early November, strong thunderstorms tend to be uncommon after September. There is a distinct fall severe-weather season in the United States, but it is usually confined to the southern Plains into the southeastern part of the country.

One of the latest severe-weather events to affect Fargo was among the most damaging since the Fargo tornado in 1957. In the early morning hours of Sept. 21, 2007, a severe thunderstorm dropped golfball- to baseball-sized hail over the southern metro. Hundreds of homes and cars were severely damaged by those large hailstones. The damage from that event was estimated at more $80 million.

So, even though severe weather this late in the year tends to be uncommon, when it does occur it can be just as destructive as it is in the summer.


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