Fargo-Moorhead marks hottest one year stretch on recordFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's the heat and humidity today. The heat index has topped 100 in Fargo-Moorhead. Pools, shade, or an air conditioned home are the only places to be. It's the latest brush with warmth in what has been a record-setting year.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's the heat and humidity today. The heat index has topped 100 in Fargo-Moorhead. Pools, shade, or an air conditioned home are the only places to be. It's the latest brush with warmth in what has been a record-setting year.
The year starting July 1st 2011 to the end of this June has been the warmest on record for that time frame in Fargo. One employee at the Spicy Pie in Fargo has sweated through many of them.
Today is not the day to be next to a 500 degree oven.
Jared Puttbrese - Spicy Pie Cook: "It's pretty hot, I'm not going to lie. It's not so bad. It's only bad when you're standing there with the actual oven open."
Jared Puttbrese has been working here for a year, the same amount of time that matches the warmest July to June on record.
Jared Puttbrese: "Really? Is that true? Wow!"
Even with the cheese and pepperoni pizzas coming out of the 500 degree oven, Jarred is wearing a winter hat.
Jared Puttbrese: "I do have to wear that for my hair. We have bandanas and things like that to wear too, but my hair's a little poofy. It's too big so I choose to go with the hat. Probably not the best choice in the world but..."
The average temperature over the last 12 months was 46.8 degrees. That's 1.6 degrees warmer than the previous record of 45.2 in 1986/87. In terms of a year long record that is a crush.
Daryl Ritchison - StormTRACKER Meteorologist: "That record breaking of 1.6 degrees is more impressive than even the Vikings winning the Super Bowl."
So what has caused a warm Summer 2011, to a warm and dry fall, to what by our standards was a very easy winter, to what we often don't have an actual spring?
Daryl Ritchison: "Really, once we got to the end of July the upper air patterns were very stagnant, not only in North America, but really in the Northern Hemisphere."
Of course at some point you know this will come to an end.
Daryl Ritchison: "I think we're going to intern flip a little bit and see perhaps one of our colder autumns."
Back at the Spicy Pie with the bread bites coming out of the deep fryer next to the oven an end to the heat might be welcome.
Jared: "I know that right now our air conditioning is out so it's probably even hotter than normal."
It's good to remember that just three years ago much of the US was looking at record cool summer temperatures.