2011 Meteorological Highlights

...2011 RED RIVER VALLEY WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS...

AS WE BEGIN A NEW YEAR...IT IS TIME TO LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE
SIGNIFICANT WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS THAT OCCURRED IN THE RED RIVER
VALLEY AND ADJACENT AREAS FOR 2011.

...JANUARY 2011...
ARCTIC AIR SPREAD ACROSS THE REGION DURING THE JANUARY 20-22 PERIOD.
LOW TEMPERATURES ON JANUARY 20TH FELL TO 26 BELOW IN FARGO WHILE
AREAS IN THE NORTHERN VALLEY...INCLUDING GRAND FORKS...SAW
TEMPERATURES FALL TO 30 BELOW OR COLDER THAT DAY.

...FEBRUARY 2011...
A WARM THAWING PERIOD OCCURRED DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH. HIGH
TEMPERATURES ON FEBRUARY 13TH CLIMBED INTO THE MIDDLE AND UPPER 40S.

...MARCH 2011...
HEAVY SNOW FELL ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN RED
RIVER VALLEY DURING THE MARCH 22-23 PERIOD. FARGO PICKED UP 8.1
INCHES. A NARROW BAND OF VERY HEAVY SNOW FELL ACROSS THE CENTRAL
RED RIVER VALLEY WITH THIS EVENT. MAYVILLE NORTH DAKOTA PICKED UP
AN IMPRESSIVE 19.5 INCHES OF SNOW. THUNDER AND LIGHTNING WAS
REPORTED IN THE MAYVILLE AREA DURING THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL.

...APRIL 2011...
FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR...WIDESPREAD SPRING FLOODING
OCCURRED IN THE RED RIVER VALLEY...ADJACENT TRIBUTARIES AND ACROSS
THE DEVILS LAKE BASIN DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL. THE RED RIVER
CRESTED IN FARGO ON APRIL 9TH WITH A PRELIMINARY CREST OF 38.75
FEET. LOCATIONS IN THE NORTHERN VALLEY DID NOT CREST UNTIL LATE
APRIL.

...MAY 2011...
A WIDESPREAD SEVERE WEATHER EVENT OCCURRED ON THE EVENING OF
MEMORIAL DAY...MAY 30TH...LAST YEAR. NUMEROUS SEVERE WIND AND
TORNADO REPORTS WERE RECORDED. SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT AREAS
INCLUDED THE FARGO-MOORHEAD METROPOLITAN AREA AND PARK RAPIDS
MINNESOTA WHERE TREE AND BUILDING DAMAGE OCCURRED.

...JUNE 2011...
HOT AND HUMID WEATHER RETURNED TO THE AREA FOR THE END OF THE
MONTH. HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE RED RIVER VALLEY ON JUNE 30TH
CLIMBED TO THE HIGHEST READINGS OF THE SUMMER. GRAND FORKS ROSE TO
96 DEGREES THAT AFTERNOON...WHILE FARGO REACHED 98 DEGREES.

...JULY 2011...
HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS PERSISTED FOR MUCH OF THE MONTH OF JULY.
IN FACT...AN EXTREME DEW POINT TEMPERATURE OF 88 DEGREES WAS SET
AT THE MOORHEAD MINNESOTA AUTOMATED WEATHER SENSOR DURING THE
EARLY EVENING HOURS OF JULY 19TH. DEW POINT IS A MEASURE OF THE
AMOUNT OF MOISTURE IN THE AIR. AFTER LOOKING THROUGH STATE
RECORDS AND EXAMINING THE EQUIPMENT...THE MINNESOTA STATE
CLIMATOLOGY OFFICE IN ST. PAUL DECLARED THIS AS A NEW DEW POINT
RECORD FOR THE STATE.

...AUGUST 2011...
HEAVY RAIN FELL ACROSS THE SOUTHERN RED RIVER VALLEY ON AUGUST
15TH. THE HARDEST HIT AREA WAS RICHLAND COUNTY NORTH DAKOTA.
RAINFALL TOTALS OF UP TO 6.5 INCHES OCCURRED IN HANKINSON. THIS
ONCE AGAIN CAUSED THE RED RIVER AND SOUTHERN TRIBUTARIES TO CLIMB
ABOVE FLOOD STAGE FOR THE LAST TIME OF THE SUMMER SEASON.

...SEPTEMBER 2011...
A MILD AND QUIET WEATHER PERIOD BEGAN DURING THE METEOROLOGICAL
AUTUMN SEASON WHICH WOULD PERSIST TO THE END OF THE YEAR. THE
MONTH OF SEPTEMBER SAW WARM TEMPERATURES WITH VERY LITTLE
PRECIPITATION. FARGO RECORDED ONLY 0.23 INCHES OF RAIN IN
SEPTEMBER WHICH WAS THE FOURTH DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD. RECORD
HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE RECORDED ON SEPTEMBER 28TH WITH FARGO
REACHING 90 DEGREES AND GRAND FORKS CLIMBING TO 88 DEGREES.

...OCTOBER 2011...
A HIGH WIND EVENT OCCURRED ACROSS THE AREA ON OCTOBER 7TH. THE
UNUSUAL THING ABOUT THIS EVENT WAS THAT THE HIGH WINDS WERE FROM A
SOUTHERLY DIRECTION. WIND GUSTS REACHED 60 MPH AT THE GRAND FORKS
AIRPORT WITH SOME TREE DAMAGE IN TOWN. THE HIGHEST WIND GUST THAT
DAY WAS 67 MPH AT WALHALLA NORTH DAKOTA IN PEMBINA COUNTY. WAVES
OF AROUND 6 FEET IN HEIGHT OCCURRED ALONG THE NORTHERN SHORES OF
DEVILS LAKE DUE TO THE STRONG SOUTH WINDS.

...NOVEMBER 2011...
THE DRY AND MILD FALL SEASON CONTINUED ACROSS THE RED RIVER
VALLEY IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER. THE LACK OF SNOW COVER ALLOWED
DAILY RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES TO BE SET ON THANKSGIVING
DAY...NOVEMBER 24TH...UP AND DOWN THE RED RIVER VALLEY. GRAND
FORKS SAW TEMPERATURES CLIMB TO 55 DEGREES ON THANKSGIVING WHILE
FARGO CLIMBED TO 57 DEGREES.

...DECEMBER 2011...
ONCE AGAIN...UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES DOMINATED THE LAST MONTH
OF 2011. THE REGION EXPERIENCED A BROWN CHRISTMAS AS SNOW WAS
NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. THE LAST BROWN CHRISTMAS FOR THE RED RIVER
VALLEY OCCURRED IN 2006. DAILY RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE ONCE
AGAIN SET ON DECEMBER 18TH AND 26TH AS READINGS CLIMBED INTO THE
UPPER 40S AND 50S BOTH DAYS OVER THE REGION. SNOW COVER RETURNED
TO THE AREA FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS OF THE MONTH. HOWEVER...FARGO
EXPERIENCED IT THIRD WARMEST DECEMBER EVER. GRAND FORKS WAS NOT
FAR BEHIND WITH ITS FOURTH WARMEST DECEMBER.



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