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WeatherTalk: Weather is likely to stay cold and wet until it turns warm and dry

The past few years have brought frequent swings from wet to dry and dry to wet.

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FARGO — This is not going to be the coldest April month on record, but it is certainly considerably colder than average, and it appears that this cold and wet trend will likely continue A while longer. This raises concern about spring planting. The ground is far too wet for field work over most of the area, and the ground is too cold for seed germination. May temperatures will be warmer than what we had in April, but if it remains chilly and the ground remains wet, area growers will have to start thinking about switching to crops or varieties with a shorter growing season.

Warm weather is likely eventually. In fact, the general circulation patterns offer some evidence that the summer could turn out warmer and drier than average. The past few years have brought frequent high-volume swings from wet to dry and dry to wet. At some point in the next few weeks, a switch back to warm and dry weather would not be surprising.

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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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