John Wheeler

John Wheeler

Meteorologist

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..

Wheeler covers weather for WDAY TV and radio, as well as for The Forum and for inforum.com. Most meteorologists find stormy and extreme weather fascinating and Wheeler is no exception, but his biggest interest is severe winter weather.

Last month had the lowest average wind speed for any January of the past 25 years.
This explanation will involve a little modern physics.
This calendar was designed so that every day each year would fall on the same weekday.
StormTRACKER Meteorologist John Wheeler discusses a somewhat warmer winter weather pattern.
There were only two days with a temperature warmer than zero for almost three weeks, including eleven consecutive days below zero.
Fargo got just 2.6 inches of snow in January while Grand Forks got 3.9 inches.
All that is required is a subtle rising motion in the air or a subtle cooling of the air at cloud level.
The U.S. Drought Monitor has most of the Dakotas and Minnesota in a state ranging from "abnormally dry" to "moderate drought."
Such a forecast would be nearly impossible because wind over land is much more turbulent than wind over water.
WDAY's StormTRACKER meteorologists are tracking the storm. Check back for updates.