Is it getting windier in Colorado? It’s hard to say. |

Is it getting windier in Colorado? It’s hard to say.

Last month marked the second windiest March on record in the San Luis Valley’s San Acacio, but wind trends are hard to track due to limited data, climatologist says

Olivia Prentzel
Colorado Sun
Dust carried away by the wind from a single tractor as traffic pass through a construction zone on Highway 550 April 13, 2023, near Montrose.
Hugh Carey/Colorado Sun

Michael Hirakata remembers monitoring the wind as a boy while he helped his father plant melons on their family farm in Rocky Ford. In the 35 years since he started farming in eastern Colorado, Hirakata can’t remember a season where wind hasn’t been a nuisance. 

“Some years the winds are worse than others, it’s hard to predict. But I don’t remember a season without wind,” Hirakata, president of the Rocky Ford Growers Association said. 

It’s a force of nature Hirakata can’t ignore when prepping his fields. He will plant seedlings for Colorado-famous cantaloupes this week — if the winds let him. Last week, forecasters warned of wind about 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph in the area. If winds exceed 15 mph this week, Hirakata will wait. 

“We’ll look at the weather and we’ll either beat the wind or we’ll wait ’til it’s finished,” Hirakata said. 


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