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Extended Outlook: Warmer for Mid-December, Colder for Late December

The latest Climate Prediction Center outlooks favor warmer than normal temperatures and above normal precipitation for North Dakota and Minnesota for mid December. The outlooks then favor colder than normal temperatures over the holidays. Read More >

After a very mild start to the week, the area experienced more winter-like conditions for one of the first times this season by 
later Wednesday and Thursday. Strong winds, with gusts in excess of 60 mph in a few locations, developed from the west 
during the afternoon on Wednesday.  The gusty winds persisted into Thursday.  A coating of light snow led to some slippery 
road surfaces as well, with temperatures remaining in the 20s to low 30s on Thursday. Below are the highest observed wind 
gusts along with snow totals from Wednesday into Thursday. 

Highest Observed Wind Gusts

LOCATION                     SPEED                          
COOPERSTOWN 2 SE (AIRPORT)   63 MPH                         
LANGDON 2 SW (AIRPORT)       62 MPH                  
VALLEY CITY 1 NW (AIRPORT)   61 MPH                 
DEVILS LAKE 2 WSW (AIRPORT)  61 MPH                        
CAVALIER 1 SW (AIRPORT)      60 MPH                     
GRAFTON 2 ESE (AIRPORT)      59 MPH                     
GWINNER 1 ESE (AIRPORT)      59 MPH                      
CANDO 2 WSW (AIRPORT)        58 MPH                        
HAMPDEN 1 SE (USFW)          57 MPH                        
FARGO 1 N (AIRPORT)          56 MPH                       
FERGUS FALLS 3 W (AIRPORT)   55 MPH                         
GRAND FORKS 5 W (AIRPORT)    55 MPH                        
GRAND FORKS AFB              55 MPH                     
WAHPETON 1 S (AIRPORT)       54 MPH                      
CROOKSTON 5 N (AIRPORT)      53 MPH                         
MOORHEAD 3 E (AIRPORT)       53 MPH                       
HALLOCK 1 S (AIRPORT)        52 MPH                           
MCLEOD 3 N (SHEYENNE GRASLAN 52 MPH                        
WALHALLA 1 NE (AIRPORT)      51 MPH                          
BINFORD                      49 MPH                         
DETROIT LAKES 1 WNW (AIRPORT 49 MPH                        
MAHNOMEN 3 SSE (AIRPORT)     48 MPH                         
FOSSTON 1 NW (AIRPORT)       48 MPH                          
PARK RAPIDS 2 S (AIRPORT)    47 MPH                           
FORT TOTTEN (BIA)            46 MPH                          
ELBOW LAKE 1 WSW (AIRPORT)   46 MPH                
THIEF RIVER FALLS 3 S (AIRPO 45 MPH                                   
STAPLES 1 N (AIRPORT)        44 MPH      
WASKISH 0.5 S (AIRPORT)      44 MPH    
WADENA 3 W (AIRPORT)         43 MPH                         
BAUDETTE 1 NW (AIRPORT)      43 MPH                         
DETROIT LAKES 2 N (DNR)      43 MPH                                                 
PONSFORD 10 N (BAD MEDICINE) 41 MPH                          
GRAND FORKS 5 WSW            41 MPH                       
FLAG ISLAND                  41 MPH                       
ROSEAU 1  E (DNR)            41 MPH                         
BEMIDJI 2 WNW (AIRPORT)      40 MPH                        
MOORHEAD 2 NNE               39 MPH                      
ROSEAU 2 E (AIRPORT)         39 MPH                       
WARROAD 3 NW (AIRPORT)       39 MPH                       

Maximum Wind Gusts from NDAWN Network (Nov. 18)

NDAWN Peak Wind Gusts

* Note the height of the wind measurements from the NDAWN network differs from the sites listed in the text above.

 

Snowfall Amounts

Location Amount
Thorhult 3.0"
Ada 2.2
Ottertail 1.0"
Pembina 1.0"

Grand Forks (NWS)               

0.9"
Fargo     0.5"
Grand Forks (Airport)     0.3"