4/13/15: Dry and Windy

An area of high pressure in Nebraska in combination with a strong low near James Bay places North Dakota in a tight pressure gradient once again today.   Wind speed in the 20 to 30 mph range with higher gusts are expected throughout the afternoon.

Noon Surface Analysis
Noon Surface Analysis

Wind speed and direction at 12:45 PM, Monday, April 13, 2015 is presented below.  The wind if anything may get a little stronger during the rest of the day before it weakens this evening.

12:45 PM Wind Speed and Direction (3 meters)
12:45 PM Wind Speed and Direction (3 meters)

The wind direction will shift to the south tonight and set the area up for two more days of a stiff wind, but from the south rather than the west northwest.  The stiff south wind the next couple of days, although, only the eastern part of the state will likely be the windiest area of the state on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 7:00 PM Surface Map Projection
Tuesday, 7:00 PM Surface Map Projection

Low pressure appears to be tracking both to the north and well to the south of North Dakota during the Tuesday through Thursday time frame.  Minimal (if any) precipitation is foreseen, but with the split flow, North Dakota will continue to be very warm for the middle of April with high temperatures in the 60s and 70s.

Wednesday, 7 PM Surface Prog
Wednesday, 7 PM Surface Map projection

 

A “cool front” will pass through mostly dry on Wednesday, but temperatures will still be above seasonal normals on Thursday.  A more significant cold front will pass through the area this weekend, probably later Saturday with much cooler air foreseen early next week with perhaps even some snow flakes in the air.  The cool air early next week will also bring with it a better threat of some rain (or snow)  to the area, but early indications are for continued dry for the next two weeks, with a cooler air for several days next week.  Therefore, temperature fluctuations will continue, a change to a wetter pattern continues to look unlikely through the rest of April.

Daryl Ritchison