Wind Storms

Wind storms can and do occur in all months of the year, however, the most severe windstorms usually occur during severe thunderstorms in the warm months.

Most Common Wind Storms
The most common wind storms to affect Wadena County are straight-line winds or downbursts associated with strong thunderstorms. A downburst is a severe localized downdraft from a thunderstorm or a rain shower. This outflow of cool or colder air can create damaging winds at or near the surface. Winds up to 130 miles per hour have been reported in the strongest thunderstorms.

Downburst winds can cause as much damage as a small tornado and are frequently confused with tornadoes because of the extensive damage they cause. As these downburst winds spread out they are often referred to as straight-line winds. They can cause major structural and tree damage over a relatively large area.

Winds of greater than 60 miles per hour are also associated with intense winter, spring, and fall low-pressure systems. These can also inflict damage to buildings and in some cases overturn high profile vehicles.