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WeatherTalk: Our stormy summer has gone soft

In recent weeks, the strength and position of the jet stream has favored very little storm activity.

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FARGO - Following a rather stormy start to the severe weather season, the weather is quieting down nicely in August. A fast and active jet stream kept our weather stormy throughout the spring and into the first half of the summer. Tornado numbers were not out of the ordinary for the region, but there was a high frequency of thunderstorms causing wind damage, particularly from mid-May through mid-July.

In recent weeks, however, the strength and position of the jet stream has favored very little storm activity and also not as many windy days. It's as if our weather has taken a break and is trying to relax for a while. How long this lull will last in not known. The active pattern started shortly after last Christmas and went through July. The quiet weather could last a few weeks or a few months.

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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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