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Weather Talk: Record high caused by peculiar conditions

The 54 degree high temperature in Fargo-Moorhead Monday, Nov. 27, tied the record for the date set in 1899. The day was a strange one.

The midnight-to-midnight low temperature was 27 degrees at midnight. During the night, a southerly wind developed and began gusting to 30 mph. By 6 a.m., the temperature had reached 41 degrees. By 9 a.m., it was 47 and most of the work toward tying the record had already been done.

However, most of the other weather stations in the local area were not as warm, nor were they as windy. The local spike in temperature and wind was due to a temperature inversion breaking down.

Turbulence had caused the warmer and windier weather from several hundred feet above the ground to mix down, warming the air 20 degrees at what is usually the coldest part of the day. There was only seven degrees of warming the rest of the day.

John Wheeler

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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