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John Wheeler: Normal damp weather lasts more than a month – InForum

John Wheeler: Normal damp weather lasts more than a month – InForum

FARGO — Humid weather is relatively rare in our region in the spring, but becomes increasingly common in the summer. When winds blow from the south across the Great Plains, they can carry air north from the Gulf of Mexico, and this can bring moist air to our region, but that rarely lasts long. Air coming here from another direction is usually dry this time of year.

June is typically a rainy month in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Moist soils in the warmer summer air will lead to evaporation and higher humidity, and the warmer air can hold more moisture. Another factor that makes our air moist is the establishment of robust crops in June. Once the fields in our area are covered with soybeans, corn, beets and other crops, the process of transpiration in the plants will make the air more humid.

Johannes Wieler

John Wheeler is chief meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has held since May 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and credits his family’s move to the Midwest as important in developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and received a BS degree in meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked at WOI-TV in central Iowa for about a year before moving to Fargo and WDAY.