Hutch Johnson, June 17, 2010: "That is a tornado on the ground north of Grand Forks. Right there you can see the debris cloud right here. This is a wedge tornado…."
Three years ago this June a major outbreak of tornadoes across our viewing area killed one man in Mentor, Minnesota and destroyed a large part of Wadena.
Greg Gust, National Weather Service: "Now that it's more humid, wet… it takes a lot more energy to get the temperature up there. But when it does get up there… add that moisture in the air then becomes more volatile. It's been active all through the winter and spring months."
And Gust says with energy supplied by the polar jet stream… we now have the right combination to produce a stretch of rocky, stormy weather all the way into July.
Greg Gust: "But from the middle part of May on now, we've been into the stormy pattern…again, much above normal precipitation moving through a lot of the area here. It looks like that's going to continue for awhile."
However, Gust says the Weather Service's, long range climate forecast is giving no clear indication of what our weather will bring through August. In fact, it's been given an "EC" rating, equal chance of dry, normal or wet conditions.
Greg Gust: "Right now the climate experts would say wall, near normal. But near normal has got no clear signal in it. It's really what that amounts to."
So for now our pattern of unusual weather continues, with no clear indication of how good or bad it will get, over the next few months.