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Denver IS windy today, but it won’t last

Claire Cleveland

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By Claire Cleveland / NewsBreak

(Denver, Colo.) Winds around 30 mph whipped through the Mile High City Wednesday as the temperature climbed into the 50s after snow fell Tuesday.

The wind is nothing like what Boulder and metro Denver saw around the new year when 100 mph gusts pushed the flames of the Marshall Fire to devastating levels. Those winds weren’t unusual for the time of year or the area, but the drought conditions in Boulder meant a spark could travel far.

The highest wind speed recorded in Colorado was 148 mph on Monarch Pass in February of 2016.

Today’s winds are not record-breaking, but they certainly can be annoying for anybody who wants to soak up the warmth and sun.

The wind isn’t unusual for March, said Jim Kalina, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. This bout of wind resulted from a weather system that brought blizzard conditions to eastern Colorado earlier this week. A pressure gradient between eastern and western Colorado produces strong winds.

According to the National Weather Service, the wind is expected to die down around 5 p.m. . Thursday and Friday might see a light breeze and temperatures near 70 degrees.

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Claire Cleveland is a Denver-based freelance writer with a background in health and science reporting. She's covered the pandemic extensively and local news in Colorado. Previously, Claire was a reporter and producer for Colorado Public Radio.

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