Windathon Continues

This region gets very used to strong wind from the north or northwest this time of year.  Many farms are situated with trees to the north and west of the house and buildings to protect themselves from that standard wind direction.  Today is an example that you can get a strong south wind in the… Read more Windathon Continues


The Northern Plains have experienced several strong wind events over the past two weeks, including yesterday for some parts of the area.  All of these high wind situations were triggered by what is often called an Alberta Clipper.  A fast-moving low pressure that tends to originate in the prairie provinces of Canada and then move… Read more Windathon

Windless Season

There is no doubt that we live in an area that is prone to a persistent wind.  Our flat terrain, in combination with our geographic location in the middle latitudes where air mass exchanges are routine, the wind plays a strong role in our climate. The time frame with the lowest average wind speed is… Read more Windless Season

Drifting Soil

The strong wind on Sunday caused extensive soil erosion.  The problem was the worst in northeastern North Dakota into northwestern Minnesota where it has been the driest in the past few weeks.  Many of the snow events in March and April tended to drop little or no snowfall into that part of the region.  In… Read more Drifting Soil

Clipper Day

The snow in the area today is associated with an Alberta Clipper that will not only bring moisture, but also some cold air.  In fact, the coldest air since early January is expected the next couple of mornings.  Yet the cold air will only last a couple of days and by this weekend above average… Read more Clipper Day

Peak Wind February 7 and February 8, 2016

An “Alberta Clipper” moved through the Northern Plains on February 7 and 8, 2016 and produced strong North/Northwesterly wind behind the low pressure.  Some blizzard to near blizzard conditions were observed in the northern Red River Valley and blustery conditions were recorded in other locations with lesser snow to blow around.  Peak Wind gust associated… Read more Peak Wind February 7 and February 8, 2016