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WeatherTalk: More humidity but fewer big storms

Severe weather is not as frequent as earlier in the summer because the upper level winds are weaker.

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FARGO — In addition to the shortening day length, the percentage of thunderstorms which turn violent has decreased noticeably the last few weeks. This, despite the air being quite humid much of the time. Even some of the cooler days recently have felt a little humid. In spring and early summer, storm systems had to raid the far southern part of the United States, near the Gulf of Mexico, to find high humidity. Since the spring began, however, many storm systems have done that, so that our air is now inherently humid.

Despite the humidity, severe weather is not as frequent as earlier in the summer because the upper level winds are generally weaker than earlier in the summer. Those upper winds will steadily increase this fall, but by then the air will have become too cool and dry to make strong thunderstorms most of the time.

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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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