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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Eight of the 10 costliest hurricanes (in inflation-corrected dollars) in U.S. history have occurred since the year 2004. However, when hurricane path data for all storms since 1900 are projected through present-day exposures, only 2005's Hurricane Katrina ranks in the top ten.
The first half of September has been warm and humid. Afternoon high temperatures have frequently been in the 80s and occasionally near 90. Some of the nights have only dropped into the 60s, with relatively high humidity remindful of midsummer.
One thing has not changed in the 30-plus years I've been professionally forecasting the weather: We can never get the weather exactly right, and the biggest storms are always the hardest to forecast.
The shrinking of the summertime Arctic icecap in recent decades has left me wondering when the last time the Arctic was ice-free. Turns out this is a hard question to answer due to the fact that Arctic sea ice undergoes a period of melting every summer.
The first 100-degree temperature in the Fargo-Moorhead area after records began in 1881 was on June 30, 1883.
The average high for Fargo-Moorhead today, Aug. 18, is 81 degrees and the average daily low is 57 degrees, based on normalized statistics over the past three complete decades.
There is a 60 percent chance of El Nino developing sometime during the fall months, increasing to a 70 percent chance sometime this winter, according to the Climate Prediction Center, a partner with the National Weather Service underneath the umbrella of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
There are any number of ways to quantify a season and by most measures, this summer is working out to be just slightly warmer and slightly drier than average.
July and August is the time of the American monsoon.
When the hottest place on Earth has a heat wave, the results can be astounding.