Weather photos always welcomed

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.

While and can handle smaller file sizes, the larger the photo you send, the better the quality. That also increases the chance we’ll consider it for the print edition of The Forum.

As usual, we’ll give credit where credit is due. So please include your name and phone number if you send in images, as well as a description of the photo. You know, the time, date, place sort of thing. Once in a while, we’ll need to contact the photographer for additional information.

And remember, if you’re out during severe weather, please stay safe.

Unless otherwise directed on our website, you can send images to

Three years ago …

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.

A lone pedestrian makes his way across the Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Red River through a blinding snowfall the morning of March 31, 2009. David Samson / The Forum






Sportswriter on Fargo trip: Nice place, kinda cold

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 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.

What exactly is heat index?

Folks around these parts are used to the wind chill factor in the winter. It’s far more common to talk about that than the heat index.

But since my glasses fogged up yesterday leaving a Moorhead grocery store and my camera took foggy pictures earlier in the day, it’s something we need to discuss.

Here’s a link to the National Weather Service heat index page.

F-M weather trumps all

If it seems like Fargo-Moorhead makes the top 10 on all kinds of national lists (top place to live, raise kids, find a job, sandbag, fly a kite, dig a ditch), you’re right.

OK, maybe not the last one since that diversion deal has yet to happen. Still, Fargo-Moorhead does have a lot going for it.

We’ve recently had a run of contestants on big-time TV game shows. “The Price is Right” check. “Wheel of Fortune” check.

All those are great. After all, we should be known for people who can price a can of carrots and put three O’s in “The Bridges of Madison County” with the best of ’em.

But weather is where Fargo shines.

National weather outlets, such as The Weather Channel, love us. In fact, so far in one of its contests where viewers vote between cities for the worst weather, Fargo has dominated the early rounds.

Perhaps that’s why the network paid close attention to the city this week. A camera crew set up shop near our building downtown waiting for a blizzard.

A colleague from Grand Forks asked early in the afternoon how the weather was down our way. “Pretty nice out,” I replied, then quickly fired back another e-mail, saying “Ask me again in another hour.”

Then we got it.

Dinnertime began with thunder, lightning and sleet. Nothing us hearty-can-survive-minus 80 folks here can’t handle. We expect a little lightning with our spring snow, right? Then it just got worse. I had planned to get a few quick photos before I left for the night, but I found myself first scraping snow that had the consistency of wet clay off my windshield. I walked a few blocks and the snow/sleet/hail/freezing rain or whatever the weather experts name it, cut like knives on any exposed skin.

It kind of hurt.

So yeah, back to that weather bracket contest. It shouldn’t even be close. When the city has only a snowstorm and a flood to pick between, the choice is obvious.