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January 24, 2006 Wind Event
Table listing of highest wind gusts below the map.

A strong area of low pressure moved out of southern Manitoba Canada during the early morning hours of the 24th and was over Lake Superior around daybreak. As the low moved southeast, the winds during the early morning hours switched to the southwest and increased to speeds of 15 to 25 mph. This helped to bring in warmer air to the upper Midwest and allowed temperatures to warm into the 30s and 40s before sunrise. After sunrise, the low moved southeast into Ontario , northeast of Lake Huron. This allowed a strong cold front to sweep across the upper Midwest. The winds turned to the northwest behind the front and became very strong. Sustained speeds of 20 to 30 mph were common along with wind gusts between 45 and 50 mph. The winds began to calm down late in the afternoon and evening as the area of low pressure moved farther away from the region. The highest wind gusts reported were 54 mph Charles City Iowa and 49 mph at Dexter and Preston Minnesota.


Map of wind gusts from January 24 2006
Wind gusts for January 24, 2006.


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
425 PM CST TUE JAN 24 2006
     
...PEAK WIND GUSTS SO FAR TODAY...
     
STATION TIME GUST
     
...MINNESOTA...    
DEXTER RWIS I-90 MILE POST 195
151 PM 49 MPH
PRESTON AWOS 115 PM 49 MPH
ROCHESTER INTL ARPT ASOS 127 PM 46 MPH
BYRON RWIS US-14 MILE POST 200 124 PM 46 MPH
CANTON RWIS US-52 MILE POST 2 1139 AM 46 MPH
KELLOGG RWIS US-61 MILE POST 53 829 AM 46 MPH
AUSTIN AWOS 136 PM 46 MPH
RIDGEWAY RWIS I-90 MILE POST 261 1051 AM 44 MPH
EYOTA RWIS JCT CR 7 AND I-90 AT MILE POST 226 121 PM 43 MPH
WINONA AWOS 535 PM 37 MPH
     
...IOWA...    
CHARLES CITY AWOS 115 PM 54 MPH
NEW HAMPTON RWIS US-18 238 PM 48 MPH
OELWEIN AWOS 315 PM 47 MPH
DECORAH RWIS STH 9 144 PM 43 MPH
     
...WISCONSIN...    
MAUSTON RWIS I-90/94 AT STH 80 111 PM 46 MPH
LA CROSSE ARPT ASOS 1138 AM 45 MPH
BLACK RIVER FALLS RWIS I-94 AT SANDCUT HILL 916 AM 45 MPH
SPARTA AWOS 414 PM 44 MPH
MEDFORD AWOS 115 PM 43 MPH
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AWOS 315 PM 43 MPH
ARCADIA RWIS STH 93 317 PM 41 MPH
MT. STERLING RWIS STH 27 1 MILE S MT. STERLING 1215 PM 41 MPH
TOMAH RWIS I-94 AT US 12 1212 PM 40 MPH
LA CROSSE NWS 218 PM 40 MPH
NECEDAH 430 PM 37 MPH
JACKSON PASS - MONROE CO. RWIS 1 MILE W CTH M 415 PM 37 MPH
BOSCOBEL ARPT ASOS 347 PM 35 MPH



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