A week after the very memorable Memorial Day windstorm, it is time for a little perspective.  The highest measured wind gust was 72 mph at the airport.  Damage around town suggests local wind gusts perhaps nearing 100 mph in a few spots.

But our storm was a gentle breeze compared to the EF4 and EF5 tornado damage this spring in Joplin and Tuscaloosa and other places.  Wind speeds here were 70-100 mph.  EF4 winds range from 166 to 200 mph.  EF5 winds exceed 200 mph.  So imagine our storm with wind twice as strong or more.  Fargo Moorhead lost a few trees.  Many trees lost a few branches.  A few roofs were partially torn away.

In Joplin, entire neighborhoods have no evidence there ever were trees and countless houses can be identified only by their foundations.  We had a bad storm and we?re still cleaning up, but no one died and our world is essentially the same as it was before the storm.  Not so for other places.

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  1. Darin

    You commented about someone out running when the storm het…It could have been me, but I wasn’t in Fargo at the time. I was 1.5 miles from home in the middle of open country when the storm hit. I listened to the weather reports and thought I had time to get 5 or 6 miles in before it hit…boy was I wrong! The gust of wind from the gust front hit me hard and almost blew me off the road and my glasses off. Fortunately it was a tail wind, with no hail and I was able to get back just fine, but, boy what a rush to run in that wind!

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