Why are winds so high in the Texas Panhandle?
Mon, 11 Apr 2011 01:58:18 GMT —
It's those strong winds that help fuel the grass fires, but why is it so windy in the Texas Panhandle?
The National Weather Service said the reason for these high winds is a strong area of low pressure that moved from Kansas up into the Great Lakes creating a tight pressure gradient, and according Justyn Jackson a general forecaster, that tight pressure gradient means a change in pressure over a short period of time, something you see a lot in hurricanes.
Which would explain the high winds, but why are they so high in specifically in the Panhandle?
"It's very flat out here, not a whole lot of tree's, not a whole lot of buildings, the air doesn't really get slowed down a whole lot, so that's why it's especially windy out here, just a lot of flat terrain, there's really nothing to slow down the wind speeds," said Jackson.
Some of the winds even got up into the high 60 mile per hour range Sunday, making things a little more difficult.
"If we were comparing a 60 mile per hour wind to anything, I think you could probably take myself and probably a 200 pound lineback and run us together and I'm definately going to fall back."
Which also means things can be more dangerous.
"Wind that strong can make it very difficult to walk, in fact makes it extremely difficult to walk sometimes and certainly can create a lot of damage, powerlines can be blown down, we can even have structural damage, shingles can be blown off roofs and that type of stuff."
Jackson did say that these type days will continue until the end of May and into June, but will be gone once we are fully into the summer season, when tornado season strikes.