WeatherTalk: Triple-digit temps during June are not common

Since early last week, the forecast for today has been calling for temperatures to reach to near 100.

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FARGO — Since early last week, the forecast for today has been calling for temperatures to reach nearly 100 degrees. Triple-digit temperatures in our area during June are not common. Fargo has recorded twelve century-high temperatures during just seven June months since 1881. Grand Forks has recorded ten century-highs during just six June months since 1893. There were two last year on June 4 and 5, but the last time it was 100 degrees in June around here was in 1995 on June 17.

A dry spring often helps the cause, leaving crops immature and the black soil typically under the crops exposed. Dark and dry soils heat up very efficiently on a warm, sunny day, adding several extra degrees to the air temperature. This spring has not been dry, but the cold and wet spring has delayed crop development, so the hot weather today will get a boost.

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John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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