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I'm wondering why March has a reputation for being windy and how meteorologists forecast the wind?

According to 6News Meteorologist Matt Elwell, "March has a reputation as being windy because of a number of reasons. The foremost is the migration of the jet stream. The jet stream works as a dividing line between cold air to the north and the warm air to the south, and is the driving force behind our weather. During the winter, the main flow of the jet stream is generally to the south of Kansas. When spring starts to come around, the jet stream migrates back to the north. When that happens, the springtime storms begin to move in faster and with more frequency. Thus, we have more windy days. "As for forecasting the wind, we look at the systems that are moving in, and how strong they are."


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