Windy Start to the Week

March 6th, 2017: There may be a little more spring cleaning to do after the start of this week! You may be picking up a few branches when all is said and done later this week.

Why so windy? We have a deep area of low pressure moving through the region through Wednesday. The deeper the low, the stronger the winds are. The “pressure gradient”, or how much the pressure changes over an area, is tight, as in it falls quickly. This boosts the winds, giving us blustery conditions.

On top of that (literally) we have very strong winds at in the middle levels of the atmosphere. These are able to mix down toward the surface, giving us the very strong wind gusts over 40 mph. The combination of these two ingredients provides the blustery, windy days we will be seeing.

Overall, get used to wind gusts near 40 mph, and a few may approach 50 mph by Wednesday.

We should see calmer weather on Thursday once the low departs the region.

-Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on March 7, 2017

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