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Weather Talk: Low barometic pressure nears record set in 1920

The Tuesday-Wednesday storm system was a record breaker - not for snow, rain, or even wind, but Tuesday's barometric pressure readings set all-time lows for the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The Tuesday-Wednesday storm system was a record breaker - not for snow, rain, or even wind, but Tuesday's barometric pressure readings set all-time lows for the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Here in Fargo, the lowest pressure reading of 28.57 inches just missed the record low of 28.54 inches set in March of 1920.

Pressure itself does not create any weather, but changing pressure causes high winds and, for some people, body aches. Fargo's peak wind was clocked at 64 mph Tuesday evening, which is extremely high for a non-thunderstorm wind. On Lake Superior, waves were 25 feet high.

Storms of this nature with such extremely low barometric pressure centers are most common in the transitional months of November and March, so the timing of this storm was not unusual. Our weather had been quiet and stable for several weeks before the storm and now appears to be going quiet and stable again.

Have a weather question you'd like answered? E-mail weather@wday.com , or write to WDAY Stormtracker, WDAY-TV, Box 2466, Fargo, ND 58108

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