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John Wheeler

John Wheeler

Meteorologist

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..

Wheeler covers weather for WDAY TV and radio, as well as for The Forum and for inforum.com. Most meteorologists find stormy and extreme weather fascinating and Wheeler is no exception, but his biggest interest is severe winter weather.

It is very difficult to predict the wind's ability to lift old snow and make it airborne.
In February of 1895, one to two feet fell from Galveston to New Orleans along with blowing snow and temperatures in the teens.
Scientific studies are inconclusive as to whether or not this actually works as intended.
The actual moment of the full moon is Monday evening.
Air pressure patterns across a region indicate areas of sinking or rising air, which is directly related to weather.
This is essentially how snowflakes form in a cloud.
Long-term weather records show that weather is distinctly non-linear.
Meltwater formed a huge lake that covered much of what is now Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Red River Valley region.
Cold air is heavy and dry.
In Fargo-Moorhead, 94% of winters get to at least -20 degrees and in Grand Forks, it's 97 percent.