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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published January 16 2014

Weather Talk: Sometimes western ND sees higher wind speeds

The Red River Valley is notorious for blizzards because of the flat terrain, the relative lack of trees and the funneling effect of a due north wind within the valley.

However, there are many instances when the western Dakotas get much higher winds than here. This was the case Thursday when the highest wind speeds occurred underneath a strong core of upper level winds that were forced down to the surface by the storm.

Fortunately, most of the snow across western North Dakota had melted to the point where there was nothing left to blow before the high winds moved in Wednesday night. Sometimes, particularly with a more westerly wind, the higher terrain across western and central North Dakota sticks up into the higher wind, which then skips over the Red River Valley.

Still, on average, the Red River Valley has more blizzards than any other place in the lower 48 states.

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