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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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.
There are various ways to quantify the warmth of a summer season. One measure is the frequency of really warm nights.
The high-resolution, close-up videos from California of out-of-control fires are of higher-resolution and closer up than ever before, and sometimes reveal vortices which are all too quickly referred to as "fire tornadoes."
The warmest part of the year in our region, on average, is from about the end of the first week of July through the end of the second week of August; roughly July 7 through August 15. This is the part of the summer most likely to deliver hot weather.
Fargo-Moorhead weather records began in 1881, and the first 100-degree temperature recorded in the community was on June 30, 1883.
The cool weather of this past week seemed unusually cool, particularly following such a warm first half of our summer. But although much of last week was a bit cooler than average, it was not at all unusual.
A day of steady, sometimes heavy, rainfall Thursday, July 19, was caused by the same weather system that produced several powerful and damaging tornadoes in Iowa.
Probably since the end of the last glaciation 12,000 years ago, the weather has managed to get humid here in the northern Plains at least a few days each summer.
Perceptions can be misleading. An example of this is the fact that humid air is light compared to air with low humidity.