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At last: Warm-up arriving

Hugh Reese sizes up a small catfish that he will release during a warm day of fishing on the Red Lake River in East Grand Forks. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

After stretches of rainy weather and dark clouds, the Grand Forks region might finally be seeing a some sunshine and hot days.

Greg Gust, a warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Forks said today and tomorrow should be as warm, if not warmer than it was on Friday.

“We’ve gone into a clear and distinct summer pattern. At the beginning of the week it was 10-15 degrees below normal,” said Gust.

According to Gust, there is a modified tropical air mass coming in. Earlier in the week, cooler air was moving into Grand Forks from northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Now, there is an air mass pushing toward Grand Forks from the southern and central plains of the United States.

“There’s a difference depending on which way the air blows,” said Gust.

As far as the rest of the summer goes, Gust said Grand Forks is in a relatively dry and warm period.

He said the prognosis for the early part of August is for temperatures to average slightly below normal and precipitation to be near normal. Late August, September and October, Grand Forks should be toward normal temperatures and precipitation.

Gust also mentioned that “fall months could be warmer than normal,” so maybe, just maybe, the area could have a warmer winter than last winter.

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