John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms. John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold. When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading. John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.
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These early warm days of spring are a different kind of warm day than what we get in summer. It's about the dew point.
One of the most noticeable changes in spring is the greening of lawns. Grass mostly goes dormant underneath the snowpack in winter.
The sea-surface temperature across the tropical region of the Pacific Ocean has been warming the past few weeks, signaling the end of the ongoing La Nina.
Warm weather this weekend had many of us outside, wearing less clothing, exposing ourselves to the sun's rays and turning a little red.
So much of the daytime temperature is related to how the soil interacts with sunlight.
It was 100 degrees on this day 38 years ago. In the middle of a warm and dry spring, an extremely hot, westerly wind developed under a large upper-level high pressure system.
The first nine days of April were continuously below freezing and slightly colder than the same period in 1881 for the coldest April 1-9 on record. During the next five days, a modest warming trend has put the first 15 days of April into second place behind 1881.
Cold fronts and warm fronts will continue to do their thing. Spring is always a series of milestones and setbacks. But the elimination of snow cover in the Red River Valley, which is happening quickly this week, is the biggest milestone of all.
A video has been circulating on social networks lately illustrating the Coriolis effect, which is the effect of Earth's rotation on fluid dynamics and, specifically, what makes low-pressure systems rotate counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
Today is the date of the average first 70-degree day of spring here in Fargo-Moorhead. This is different from the first day of spring with an average high of 70 degrees, which is May 16.