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Tornado raises camper prepardness concerns

May 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

WATFORD CITY — Stella Schlosser and her family of five didn’t have a plan for seeking shelter from a tornado in their RV near Watford City.
On Monday night, they didn’t have time to plan when her husband Kevin’s cellphone flashed a tornado w…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Flood advisory issued for Adams, Grant and Hettinger counties

May 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Three southwest North Dakota countries are in a flood advisory, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologists in Bismarck issued the advisory for Adams, Grant and Hettinger counties Saturday afternoon. Radar indicated that heavy rain -…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

The changing science of weather: How forecasting has advanced, and how it hasn’t

February 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

GRAND FORKS — Click. There’s an elevation map of the Red River Valley, and, believe it or not, the flat valley actually has elevation.
Click. The map shows wind speed and direction.
Click. There are four supercomputer simulations of the next da…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Well, flakes are beginning to fall in Grassy Butte

October 3, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

National Weather Service Cooperative observer John Heiser reports snow falling at 8:40 this morning around the Grassy Butte area. Continue Reading

Eye on the storm: Todd Heitkamp marks 25 years with National Weather Service

March 23, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Todd Heitkamp has heard every old wives’ tale about the weather and gives little credence to predictions based on the thickness of the silk on the corn ears, the rings of an onion or even the “Old Farmer’s Almanac.” As a meteorologist, he puts his stock in the science of weather, even though it’s not always predictable.
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No snow, just wind this weekend

November 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Red River Valley has been abuzz with talk of the season’s first, but it looks like the headline this weekend will be the wind. NWS meteorologist Dave Kellenbenz explained that the moisture-bearing system headed here is drawing in warm air, so what would’ve been snow will probably be rain. Continue Reading

Portions of SW ND under flood watch today; high wind watch Tuesday

May 30, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

Areas across southwest North Dakota are under a flood watch today and high wind picks up Tuesday, leading to a high wind watch, according to the National Weather Service.
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SW North Dakota under high wind warning

May 16, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

Southwest North Dakota is under a high wind warning through this evening, according to the National Weather Service. Continue Reading

Could be in for cool, wet summer

April 25, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO After a dreadfully long winter and stressfully wet spring, normal summer weather doesn’t seem like too much to ask. Continue Reading

Local man works as unpaid National Weather Service observer

September 1, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Neither rain nor hail nor sleet keeps Gary Lambert from his appointed rounds. In fact, rain, hail and other forms of weather are what Lambert’s rounds are all about. The Mitchell man is a National Weather Service coop observer. In the mid-1990s, Lambert worked for the NWS. He found himself growing interested in the process. “I kind of got an idea how weather works,” Lambert said during an interview in his southwest Mitchell home. “It was pretty fascinating.” He has been a co-op observer for 11 years. Lambert measures rain and snow and tracks the day’s high and low temperatures. He does this from his home, with gear provided by the NWS along with a piece or two he’s added himself. Lambert doesn’t get paid for his efforts. “I enjoy doing it,” he said. Continue Reading