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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published April 13 2014

Weather Talk: Spring season in F-M has grown colder on average

Being one who suffers from the summer catarrh (hay fever), I have one reason to dread the budding of trees in spring: tree pollen.

The elms, in particular, have always brought a sudden change in how I feel in the spring. When I moved to Fargo in the 1980s, I noticed that the hay fever symptoms would come on in a rush just as the elms were leafing out, which usually happened around the 15th of April.

Most years now, the elms leaf out a week or so later than mid-April. Although our local climate has warmed slightly since my arrival in 1985, it has not warmed consistently. The spring season in Fargo-Moorhead has actually grown colder on the average.

In our country, a snowstorm or cold snap late in the springtime is to be expected once in a while. But these spring surprises have become routine, and spring cold snaps have tended to last longer than in the past.

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