Windy Tuesday could power 3.4 million homes in Minnesota

Wind gusts over 40 mph possible in western Minnesota Tuesday.

Wind power production
Wind power production.
Climate Central

Wind turbines across the Upper Midwest will be humming along Tuesday.

Tuesday’s windy day could provide enough electric power for as many as 3.4 million homes across Minnesota. That’s the forecast from Climate Central for wind production across Minnesota Tuesday.

The tight pressure gradient ahead of our Wednesday rain system will create gusty winds. South winds will gust over 30 mph across most of Minnesota. And gusts could exceed 40 mph in western Minnesota Tuesday afternoon.

Forecast wind gusts
Forecast wind gusts Tuesday.
NOAA/Twin Cities National Weather Service

Eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota will be the windiest zones Tuesday.

Forecast wind gusts Tuesday
Forecast wind gusts Tuesday.

Here’s the view from the Sioux Falls NWS office for southwest Minnesota.

Forecast winds and weather
Forecast winds and weather for southwest Minnesota.
NOAA/NWS Sioux Falls

So when you flip on your light switch Tuesday remember that wind you hear and feel probably delivered much of your electric power.

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