North Dakota’s Winter Weather

North Dakota’s winter weather is incredibly unique and unlike anywhere else I have been.

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We have extremely frigid days and more often than not our snow is powder.

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The day I took these photos, the temps hovered in the -30 range and the wind chill was very close to -45. Fahrenheit, of course.

Did you know that -40 Fahrenheit and -40 Celcius are the exact same temperature?

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Having powder snow means when the wind kicks up, it goes everywhere much like dust does during a dust storm.

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That little bit on the bottom that looks like a cloud is all snow

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When the snow is picked up it can go hundreds of feet in the air and sometimes miles from the location it was picked up. If the sun is in just the right spot, you have to opportunity to see sundogs or a halo around the sun.

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Sundogs are the two rainbows like bits of light on either side of the sun. They are created in a similar way to how rainbows are created in the summer.

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All of these photos were taken at the end of my driveway.

Have you ever seen sundogs? A sun halo?

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6 Comments

  1. Beautiful photos. North Dakota is one of 3 states I haven’t been to, but I will get there one SUMMER. I love taking photos in the winter, but I’m not overly excited about the cold. Burr. I don’t think I’ve seen a sun dog, but my husband saw one in Alaska and sent me a photo.

    • Niki Gordon

      Hopefully you get a chance to visit this summer! I definitely say come in the summer over winter. It’s too cold for us sometimes! I had never seen one or even knew what they were until we moved to ND. They’re really amazing to see in person!

  2. Such a view…I totally loved it!!

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    • Niki Gordon

      Hey Jewel! North Dakota has some incredible scenery if you’re here during the right time. Honestly, Uganda has never been on my radar. I have always wanted to do a safari at some point though. I’ll check it out!

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