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Weather Talk: Many elements conspire to give us many windy days

Many people have asked why we are having so many windy days this spring. There are several reasons. There have been many days with a tight pressure gradient over our region, which makes it windy. The top soil has been very dry, allowing the soil ...

Many people have asked why we are having so many windy days this spring. There are several reasons.
There have been many days with a tight pressure gradient over our region, which makes it windy.
The top soil has been very dry, allowing the soil to warm up greatly on sunny days. Air above hot ground rises rapidly and this also increases the general turbulence, allowing more of the stronger winds aloft to mix down to near ground level.
But the main reason is going to sound disappointing. It’s just been a windy weather pattern. Sometimes it rains a lot. Sometimes it snows a lot. Well, the past few weeks, it has been windy a lot.
Seriously, there is no one reason it has been windy. But the many elements that make up our weather have conspired to give us a lot of wind lately.

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