Wind advisories and wind warnings have been issued for four out of seven days during the past week in the Midlands, and more are likely.
Meteorologists say these gusty days result from a combination of factors, including the location of the jet stream and competition between dueling air masses.
Scott Dergan said the eastern United States is sitting in a pool of cold air while the western U.S. is warm. The jostling between this warm and cold air is occurring above eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.
Any wobble in these air masses quickly brings a shift between cold and warm air in the Midlands. Farther east and west, people aren't experiencing quite the roller coaster. In eastern Iowa, the weather has been colder, and farther west in Nebraska it has been warmer.
Another factor is the jet stream. It is an aptly named ribbon of fast-moving air in the upper atmosphere that separates cold air in the Arctic from the warm air in the tropics.
Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc., said the jet stream currently is riding over the Midlands. Some of those winds are making their way to the surface.
Kines and Dergan said the forecast carries the potential for more windy days. The next one is likely to be Wednesday.