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Area of rain moving southeast out of west central Minnesota is causing the strong winds.

Strong winds develop in lakes area

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In the wake of a thunderstorm cluster headed southeast out of our area, an area of strong southeast winds has developed across west-central Minnesota.  The large area of rain cooled air has produced a high pressure/low pressure couplet resulting in winds gusting to near 50 mph (possible stronger) across parts of Becker and Otter Tail counties along with surrounding areas.  These winds will cause large waves which will be a concern on already high lakes, es[ecially on the north and northwest shores of the larger lakes.  The winds are not directly associatesd with thunderstorms and should stay just below severe thunderstorm criteria.  The winds will gradually subside over the next hour or two.   Meteorologist John Wheeler

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John Wheeler
John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.
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