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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published April 17 2014

Weather Talk: Southerly winds will allow for some milder air

Today is the average first 70-degree day in Fargo-Moorhead. We beat the average by nine days this year. This week’s cold snap made many of us forget that it has already been 79 degrees, back on April 9.

Obviously one warm day does not a warm spring make. It has been a generally cold spring this year. The brief warm-up nine days ago owes its success to a quick melt of limited winter snow depth across the southern part of the Red River Valley.

That particular day, a warm southwest wind blew in air that had been over the southern High Plains, where it had been warm. Our local lack of snow cover and spring rainfall allowed the top inch or so of topsoil to dry out that sunny afternoon, resulting in a very warm few hours.

But the warm-up was temporary. For most of this spring, the wind has blown from the north, keeping our weather colder than average despite limited snow cover.

Southerly winds this weekend will allow for some milder air to give us another much-needed break from the cold.


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