Here’s several Fargo-Moorhead flood videos from national and regional outlets that have aired since Friday:
The hail that fell around Detroit Lakes and the intense flooding in Duluth, Minn., the past few days reminds us to remind you to send us your weather photos.
The Duluth News Tribune highlighted several photos Wednesday shot by residents. Those photos were also posted on Twitter, Facebook and various other web and social media sites.
We also extend the invitation for videos, too.
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He wanted to know if anyone knew who it was.
So after some email exchanges and video review, Wade Baird, the president of Skydive Fargo!, believes its his wife, Becky, or himself who were caught in this rare occurrence.
Today, Baird is still trying to find out exactly who it is.
The next transit of Venus is December 2117.
This is a view of Elm Street across from El Zagal golf course in north Fargo about 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. Elm Street closes to traffic when it floods at 18 feet.
The Red River at 3:15 p.m. stood at 15.41 feet.
The Internet is a weird creature.
For a few years, the engagement announcement of two people with the last names of Wang and DeCock was inforum.com’s most-read story ever.
Now the Grand Forks Herald, our sister paper to the north, has Marilyn Hagerty.
Her simple, down-to-earth tone of her Olive Garden restaurant review immediately went viral, being picked up by dozens of other websites, including our own. At noon Friday, the column remained at the most-read story for the day at grandforksherald.com and by the power of social media sites, the article was posted to Facebook more than 21,000 times and tweeted 14,300 times.
These numbers had me thinking, so I did a little research.
Wang-DeCock had 81,607 views on inforum.com. So far, Hagerty’s column has had 323,000 hits on grandforksherald.com.
- An average top story on inforum.com is 10,000 views
- An average top story on grandforksherald.com is 4,000 views
This means Hagerty’s article has generated a 7,975 percent increase, while our engagement story garnered a (relative just) 716 percent increase over a typical most-read story.
The top day for inforum.com was March 27, 2009, when it collected 392,836 hits, which was when Fargo was hanging on by a thread to save itself from the raging Red River flood.
Shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, 349,000 people had read Marilyn’s single article worldwide.
With more stories on Hagerty popping up, including one by the Star Tribune this afternoon and another by The Associated Press’ Dave Kolpack, which is now on the AP’s national wire, her celebrity status will continue to rise.
That’s going viral for sure, and the storm isn’t over yet.
You’ll soon see on several stories that appear on inforum.com a link to write a letter to the editor to comment on a story.
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I ran across this awesome file photo today from Forum photographer David Samson shot in 2009.
With just a foot of snow so far this winter, shots like these remind us how harsh the weather can be most winters.
Remember, this shot was taken on the last day of March. While we appear to be inching ever closer to spring (and once again hear the sounds of drivers drilling range balls at area golf courses), winter here in the valley doesn’t always follow the calendar.
The first golfers of the day were just teeing off this morning when I called Leonard Country Club, a 45-minute drive from America’s Toughest Weather City.
Course GM Mike Pulczinski says he expects about 150 golfers to play today. He said the course hosted 50 golfers Saturday and Christmas Day.
The lack of snow in the region is not all that surprising, but considering temperatures (40 degrees now in Leonard at 10:30 a.m.) could reach 50 a day after Christmas is amazing.
It might not stop, either. Asked whether or not there’s a possibility the course could open again in January, Pulczinski said some golfers have asked him to host a tournament if the weather cooperates.
A quick look at the long-range forecast has 39 degrees in Leonard on New Year’s Eve day, but considering there’s a chance of snow three days next week, it might be tough to accommodate that request.
With family today, I would have jumped at the possibility to get my sticks out from the closet today and play there. (It’s extremely odd to get a text message from a co-worker on Christmas saying he has a 1:30 tee time while asking me to join him today.)
I last played a round Oct. 27 and I thought that was late. In my 31 years of playing golf, I don’t remember playing past Oct. 15. And here we are two months later and golfers in the F-M area can still get out for what could be, repeat could be, the last time today before spring.
It’s always worth a look after big-time games what other media types think of Fargo, especially if its their first visit.
So I checked this morning for some Fargo-related posts on themorningcall.com and Keith Groller, the senior sports writer and columnist who made the trip here from Pennsylvania, had plenty of good things to say about our (cold) neck of the woods.
But first things first, Keith. I couldn’t help but notice the photo in another posting of the thermometer at the Ramada reading 13 degrees. Please, please, puh-leeeze don’t show your friends that photo. You surely noticed the lack of snow so we sort of feel like a guy wearing a tank top at Kardashian wedding. Underdressed and extremely out of place. We’re really not showing off why we’re the third coldest city in the U.S., so sorry about that.
We in Fargo take pride in having our cold and snow on the same plate. Did I fail to mention that twice in the past 24 hours, TWO different people happened to mention golf to me? Yeah, not golf as in buying a new driver for Christmas, but they wanted to play! It’s Dec. 12 for cryin’ out loud.
But we’re glad you made it to the mall and checked out the fine food court. Between you and me, if they keep squeezing in that kids’ play room, there’d better be a Plan B when my 3-year-old decides the corridor is a 100-meter sprint lane. The kid needs space.
So we appreciate all the good things you shared with your readers. Just save the 13 degrees photo for January. We’ll need it then.
Here’s some of the top headlines on inforum.com on this date:
ONE YEAR AGO: A massive blaze destroyed the Galleria on 42nd apartment building in Fargo, displacing 150 residents of the complex.
TWO YEARS AGO: Light snow created slippery driving conditions on bridges and overpasses in the Fargo-Moorhead area, catching motorists by surprise and leading to several accidents.
Eight accidents – three of them rollovers – were reported between 6 and 7:10 a.m. on interstates 29 and 94 in Fargo and West Fargo.
THREE YEARS AGO: Opening-day ticket sales for a Jan. 17 Fargodome concert by rock music giants AC/DC were “very brisk” Saturday, according to the dome’s general manager. Tickets, which are $69.50 or $89.50, went on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.
FOUR YEARS AGO: Three people were arrested today when authorities seized a methamphetamine laboratory in south Fargo.
The Cass County Narcotics Task Force and the Fargo Police Department’s narcotics investigators served the warrant this morning at a residence in the 2200 block of Third Avenue South, according to a news release.
FIVE YEARS AGO: Fargo’s airport is giving its viewing park double duty as a cell phone park – a free place for drivers to wait for arriving passengers.
Hector International Airport is promoting the park as a way for motorists to pick up passengers without clogging the lanes in front of the passenger terminal.