Bismarck – Fall may be just under three weeks old, but it seems we’ve skipped over whole season and jumped right into winter. But why? And how long will the cold last?
October in North Dakota is typically known as being one of the nicest months of the year with comfortable temperatures and beautiful foliage, but so far, this October has been anything but, with frigid temperatures and yes…even snow.
The signs of winter are all around…grey skies, people bundled up from head to toe, biting winds that chill you to the core…but wait, this is fall…shouldn’t we still be a few months away from this? I did some research and Since September 17th…Bismarck has recorded just one day with above average temperatures and even that day was barely above average, in fact every day since the September 23rd has been below average. And if you’re wondering what average is…try the low to mid 60s…so we haven’t even been close.
So what’s the cause… persistent dips in the Jet stream have continued to funnel cold Canadian air into the entire region…also the North Atlantic Oscillation, which deal with atmospheric pressure over the Atlantic has been running positive lately, keeping the east coast baking, while not allowing the cold air over our area to go anywhere.
I tried talking with people about the cold weather, but you can see from these empty sidewalks, the cold is keeping most people indoors…in fact, one man I talked to who didn’t want to go on camera told me the cold weather was too miserable to talk about.
A few People we did talk to said it’s actually not that bad yet…
“As long as I can walk, up to my birthday, til November, that’s doing pretty good, and after that I can’t walk and i’m done for” said Bismarck Resident Anna Vogel.
“I just got out of my car and the temperature outside read 39 degrees, this is tropical, tropical in comparison to January or February when it’s 60 below with the wind chill, this is tropical” Bismarck resident Shelly Viellieux told me.
The Good news is several long range climate models say we are only a little over a week away from finally seeing a warmup and that temperatures into November and beyond may actually run above normal this upcoming winter, so hang in there.