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Windy then cool

Windy then cool: For many parts of Minnesota last Saturday through Monday (August 22-24) was the windiest 3-day period this summer, as well as the windiest period since mid-April.  Average wind speeds for all hours ranged from 15-20 mph, and peak gusts each day ranged from 35 to 45 mph around the state.  From the stand point of normal climate conditions for August, this was a highly unusual period fueled by the passage of a strong low pressure system across the state and into Canada, a pattern more commonly seen in the late autumn period. In the Twin Cities area from noon on August 22nd to 5pm on August 24th over half of all hours MSP reported a mean wind speed over 20 mph, with peak wind gusts over 45 mph.  Other stations reporting wind gusts over 45 mph included Rochester, Ely, Crookston, and Hallock.  Both Elbow Lake (Grand County) and Flag Island (Lake of the Woods County) reported wind gusts over 50 mph, not good for those fishermen out on Lake of the Woods.  One positi