WeatherTalk: Tired of wind? Wait for July and August

July and August are the two months with the lowest average wind

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FARGO — The Northern Great Plains is a windy place. Our region is well-known for its blizzards in wintertime, and this past winter was brought frequent blizzards to our region, often with more wind than snowfall. We have had our share of windy weather lately, and it will be windy for much of this hot weekend, as well. High wind in summer dries out the topsoil along with the grass and crops in the ground. On the other hand, wind keeps the air mixed up, which eliminates air stagnation problems and helps keep our region largely pollution-free.

If you are tired of the wind, there is usually a lot less of it after June. July and August are the two months with the lowest average wind and the fewest windy days across our region. Most of the time during those two months, the wind is below 15 miles an hour — except around thunderstorms.

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John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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