Strong winds over the weekend
Peak gusts over 70 mph in some places
Over the weekend, an area of low pressure was moving through the Canadian Prairies region. This was a strong low pressure which was working to move much cooler air from Alberta into our region. This strong area of low pressure was followed by a ridge of high pressure at the surface over Alberta, creating a very tight pressure gradient that lead to the strong winds in our region.
According to the National Weather Service, the strongest winds found in our region was a 74 mph wind gust near Mott, ND at around 5 a.m. Sunday Morning.
The Dickinson Airport reported a wind gust of 70 mph just after 3 a.m. Sunday. This is the first 70 mph or above wind gust since June 2021.
Winds also gusted up to 67 mph in Bismarck, and up to 61 mph in Minot.
Further to the east, the strongest wind gusts occurred on Sunday Afternoon. Fargo Airport reported a 63 mph, and a 51 mph wind gust was reported in Grand Forks.