Sunday, November 6, 2011

Cloud Pattern over Illinois Indicates Windy Conditions to come

The cloud pattern over Illinois and Wisconsin is indicating that a windy period for the area will be present soon or now. Observations are indicating that windy conditions are occurring in Illinois, Wisconsin. Lake Michigan is encountering winds over 48 knots near the center of Lake Michigan, making for a dangerous day to go boating. On land, wind speeds range from 5 knots to 20 knots around this cloud pattern.
Current Wind Observations (Not real-time updating)
Another indicator that windy conditions are occurring are the tight isobars over the region. When isobars (black lines on the image below) are close together, it indicates windy conditions. When they are disorganized, it means winds are light or calm. A strong low pressure system, like the one that just moved into Canada from the Dakotas, can create tight isobars. Below is current surface analysis at the time of publishing.

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