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WeatherTalk: Summer is showing signs of age

It would, however, be premature to pronounce it dead.

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FARGO — It is now one week into the month of August, the final month of summer. Nights are longer and starting earlier. It can be said that summer is on the wane, but it is premature to pronounce it dead. Historically, a few days of 90-degree weather have often occurred as late as September and, on occasion, even as late as mid-October, but we should also expect cooler days to begin happening with increasing frequency.

Sometime during the next five to eight weeks, there will likely be a night or two with at least a chance of frost. The frigid white wall of winter is still a long way off, but the shorter days and lengthening shadows are a subtle sign of the irreversible changes soon to come. When we get a few days of late summer heat, even if it is the hottest of the summer, do not complain too loudly. Your wish of cooler weather will come true soon enough.

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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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