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 to the east or southeast.  These storms tend to bring in cold dense air into the plains enhancing the wind already present from the pressure differences around the storm.  These storms can happen at any time, but in November, there is often enough temperature differences to make them stronger with higher wind than other times of the year.

Daryl Ritchison