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WeatherTalk: If you think it has been windy lately, it has

The answer to why this pattern has been in place is hard to answer.

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FARGO — It has been windy. The average wind speed in Fargo from Jan. 1 through June 30 from 1991 through 2020 is 11.5 mph, with the wind blowing at 20 mph or greater just over 10% of the time. This year, the average wind speed from Jan. 1 through June 30 was 14.4 mph with the wind blowing at 20 mph or greater 24% of the time.

It has been windier because there has been a very tight pressure gradient with good directional hookup between surface winds and a fast jet stream a lot of the time. The answer to why this pattern has been in place so frequently is harder to answer. The La Nina weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean tends to make it a bit stormier and windier in the Northern Plains, but a La Nina was in place during 2021 also. Ultimately, I do not have an answer to exactly why tit has been so windy lately. It just has.

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John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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