When Will the Winds Die Down?

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By Quincy Vagell on April 26, 2012, 11:39am

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Janice from Southbury brought up a good topic about the winds.

As of late, we have had some very windy conditions. In fact, April 2012 is the windiest month since March of 2010. The wind for the month is currently averaging 9.2 knots this month, while it was 9.5 knots in March 2010.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the winds is the consistency:
The wind has exceeded 20 knots for 23 days in a row! Of those 23 days, 10 days had winds over 30 knots! (20 knots is approximately 23 MPH and 30 knots is about 35 MPH)

Usually winds can be associated with storms, but if most of this month has been dry, except for that one storm, why is it so windy?

Basically, we have been caught between storm systems. Even though we're not always getting direct hits, the winds have been strong. A simple cause is that strong storms are combining with high pressure to cause strong winds.
How does this impact us?
Well, the pressure gradient between strong low pressure and high pressure causes stronger winds. As those storms pass through and the pressure gradient increases, we feel stronger winds.

As far as the extended outlook goes, the streak of 20 knot winds may actually end today. Even though a storm is approaching from the west, winds are expected to be moderate to light. As we go forward, an active pattern is expected to continue, so the gusty winds may stick around. Also, keep in mind that April is usually the windiest month of the year!

wind statistics are from Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks.

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