Associated Press, Published October 26 2010
Barometric pressure hits record low in MinnesotaMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A massive windstorm moving over the Midwest has set an unofficial record in Minnesota.
National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Franks says the barometric pressure sank to 28.41 inches in Aitkin on Tuesday morning, the lowest in the state since Nov. 10, 1998.
Franks says the area of lowest pressure is somewhat like the eye of a hurricane in that the winds are strongest some distance away from it.
On Tuesday morning, he says areas of southern and western Minnesota were experiencing wind gusts of more than 40 mph, with a high of 59 mph recorded near the North Dakota border.
Franks says he expects the pressure at the center of the storm will keep dropping Tuesday and move north, bringing the buffeting winds to the Twin Cities in the afternoon.
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