John Wheeler: Changing weather is far from weird
Weather changing from one kind to another within a single day is what truly defines our climate.
FARGO — A remark from a friend the other day was something along the lines of, "This weather is weird. It was windy and cold this morning, but it's nice now." The thing is, changeable weather, even changing from one kind of weather to another within a single day, is not really that weird for our climate. In fact, changeability truly defines our climate.
We are reasonably used to a sunny day in spring or summer suddenly turning dramatically different when a thunderstorm passes over, but our Northern Plains and Upper Midwest weather is prone to in-day changes in wintertime, too. The wind blows freely in our region and it often replaces one air mass with another, causing our weather to change noticeably. Also, as the sun gets higher in the sky in February and March, there can sometimes be enough instability in the air for snow showers to occur.