October 26, 2008 Wind Event

A strong Canadian cold front moved across the region late in the night of October 25th into the morning hours of October 26th. The winds switched to the northwest behind the front and a couple of hours after sunrise on the 26th began to increase rapidly. By the late morning hours, the wind speeds were sustained between 20 and 35 mph with higher gusts. Widespread wind gust of 40 mph or higher were common for locations mainly west of Interstate 94 in central Wisconsin with gusts a little over 60 mph occurring from northeast Iowa west and south across Iowa as well as into central and southwest Minnesota. These wind gusts caused a few power outages and a little bit of damage for areas west of the Mississippi river, while more widespread power outages and damage occurred with the 60 mph wind gusts. In the local area, the highest recorded wind gust was 63 mph at St. Ansgar, Iowa. The highest recorded gust for this event in Iowa was 68 mph at Ventura in the north central part of the state and at Windsor Heights, just outside of Des Moines. In Minnesota, the highest recorded speed was 67 mph from a road sensor near Marietta in the far western part of the state.

October 26 2008 map of wind gusts

 

Wind Reports From The Local Area

...HIGHEST WINDS SORTED BY GUSTS FOR SUNDAY OCTOBER 26...

STATION COUNTY TIME SPEED GUST

SAINT ANSGAR MITCHELL 63 MPH
NEW HAMPTON RWIS CHICKASAW 302 PM 49 MPH 56 MPH
AUSTIN AWOS MOWER 1115 AM 31 MPH 52 MPH
DODGE CENTER AWOS DODGE 1014 AM 29 MPH 51 MPH
ARCADIA HILL RWIS TREMPEALEAU 1110 AM 24 MPH 49 MPH
KELLOGG RWIS WABASHA 149 PM 31 MPH 49 MPH
ST CHARLES 4W RWIS OLMSTED 1126 AM 36 MPH 49 MPH
ROCHESTER ASOS OLMSTED 1054 AM 26 MPH 47 MPH
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AWOS CRAWFORD 115 PM 23 MPH 46 MPH
CANTON RWIS FILLMORE 1159 AM 30 MPH 45 MPH
LA CROSSE ASOS LA CROSSE 153 PM 28 MPH 45 MPH
NWS LA CROSSE LA CROSSE 1219 PM 20 MPH 45 MPH
PRESTON AWOS FILLMORE 958 AM 23 MPH 45 MPH
MOUNT STERLING 1S RWIS CRAWFORD 207 PM 24 MPH 43 MPH
BOSCOBEL ASOS GRANT 1253 PM 14 MPH 41 MPH
DECORAH 2SE RWIS WINNESHIEK 114 PM 35 MPH 40 MPH
SPARTA AWOS MONROE 115 PM 20 MPH 38 MPH
WINONA AWOS WINONA 153 PM 22 MPH 38 MPH
PDC RWIS - MISS RIVER BRIDGE CRAWFORD 1206 PM 20 MPH 37 MPH
DICKEYVILLE RWIS GRANT 102 PM 20 MPH 37 MPH
DECORAH AWOS WINNESHIEK 235 PM 18 MPH 37 MPH
MEDFORD AWOS TAYLOR 1115 AM 20 MPH 37 MPH
VOLK FIELD JUNEAU 1255 PM 20 MPH 37 MPH
3N LA CRESCENT APRS HOUSTON 303 PM 3 MPH 36 MPH
I-90 AT I-94 RWIS JUNEAU 205 PM 22 MPH 36 MPH
WISC DELLS AWOS SAUK 1055 AM 18 MPH 35 MPH
MAUSTON APRS JUNEAU 1104 AM 16 MPH 33 MPH
OELWEIN AWOS FAYETTE 915 AM 22 MPH 33 MPH
NECEDAH RAWS JUNEAU 1148 AM 17 MPH 32 MPH
TOMAH 4N RWIS MONROE 106 PM 20 MPH 31 MPH
DIAMOND LAKE RAWS TAYLOR 1114 AM 16 MPH 31 MPH
CHARLES CITY AWOS FLOYD 855 AM 21 MPH 31 MPH
5W TOMAH RWIS MONROE 1108 AM 10 MPH 30 MPH
STANLEY 1 SE RWIS CHIPPEWA 1122 AM 20 MPH 30 MPH
CALEDONIA RWIS HOUSTON 921 AM 10 MPH 29 MPH
FRENCH ISLAND RWIS LA CROSSE 105 PM 8 MPH 29 MPH
BLACK RIVER FALLS RAWS JACKSON 115 PM 12 MPH 26 MPH


KEY TO OBSERVATION TYPES
AWS - SENSORS FROM AWS INCORPORATED. OFTEN LOCATED AT SCHOOLS.
RWIS - ROAD WEATHER INFORMATION SYSTEMS. LOCATED ON MAJOR ROADS AND BRIDGES.
RAWS - FIRE WEATHER OBSERVATIONS. OFTEN LOCATED IN FORESTS.
ASOS/AWOS - AVIATION WEATHER OBSERVATIONS. LOCATED AT AIRPORTS.

Damage Reports From The Local Area

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
1256 PM CDT SUN OCT 26 2008

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

1100 AM NON-TSTM WND DMG CRESCO 43.37N 92.12W
10/26/2008 HOWARD IA LAW ENFORCEMENT

LINES DOWN IN CRESCO.

1156 AM NON-TSTM WND DMG CHARLES CITY 43.07N 92.68W
10/26/2008 FLOYD IA LAW ENFORCEMENT

TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN IN CHARLES CITY

1156 AM NON-TSTM WND DMG NORA SPRINGS 43.14N 93.01W
10/26/2008 FLOYD IA LAW ENFORCEMENT

LARGE TREE LIMB BLOWN DOWN ONTO HOUSE

1200 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG 1 S AUSTIN 43.66N 92.97W
10/26/2008 MOWER MN LAW ENFORCEMENT

TREES DOWN ON HIGHWAY 105 JUST SOUTH OF AUSTIN

1200 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG OSAGE 43.28N 92.81W
10/26/2008 MITCHELL IA LAW ENFORCEMENT

TREE LIMBS DOWN IN OSAGE

1200 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG BLUFFTON 43.40N 91.93W
10/26/2008 WINNESHIEK IA AMATEUR RADIO

TREES DOWN IN BLUFFTON

Wind Reports From Across The Region

...IOWA...

WINDSOR HEIGHTS......68 MPH
VENTURA..............68 MPH
MASON CITY...........62 MPH
STORM LAKE RWIS......62 MPH
DE WITT RWIS.........61 MPH
MASON CITY RWIS......61 MPH
URBANA RWIS..........61 MPH
DE SOTO RWIS.........60 MPH
SPENCER..............60 MPH
GRINNELL RWIS........59 MPH
CRESTON RWIS.........59 MPH
ANKENY RWIS..........59 MPH
WATERLOO RWIS........59 MPH
MO VALLEY RWIS.......59 MPH
DENISON RWIS.........59 MPH
ALTON RWIS...........59 MPH
CLINTON..............59 MPH
CARROLL..............59 MPH
MARSHALLTOWN RWIS....58 MPH
SIGOURNEY RWIS.......58 MPH
HANLONTOWN RWIS......58 MPH
STEAMBOAT ROCK RWIS..58 MPH
BOONE................58 MPH
DAVENPORT............58 MPH
AMES.................58 MPH
NEW HAMPTON RWIS.....56 MPH
ALGONA RWIS..........56 MPH
CARROLL RWIS.........56 MPH
DES MOINES...........56 MPH
PLAINFIELD RWIS......55 MPH
JEFFERSON RWIS.......55 MPH
SPENCER RWIS.........55 MPH
DES MOINES I-35 RWIS.55 MPH
WILLIAMS RWIS........55 MPH
SHELDON..............55 MPH
ESTHERVILLE..........55 MPH
MARSHALLTOWN.........55 MPH
OTTUMWA RWIS.........54 MPH
LE MARS..............54 MPH
MUSCATINE............54 MPH
ADAIR RWIS...........53 MPH
GRINNELL.............53 MPH
DENISON..............53 MPH
VINTON...............53 MPH
DUBUQUE..............53 MPH
IOWA CITY RWIS.......52 MPH
PELLA RWIS...........52 MPH
CANTRIL RWIS.........52 MPH
EDDYVILLE RWIS.......52 MPH
ONAWA RWIS...........52 MPH
SIBLEY RWIS..........52 MPH
DAVENPORT RWIS.......52 MPH
COLFAX RWIS..........52 MPH
PERRY................52 MPH
FORT DODGE...........52 MPH
WEBSTER CITY.........52 MPH
ANKENY...............52 MPH
OTTUMWA..............52 MPH
IOWA FALLS...........51 MPH
CEDAR RAPIDS.........51 MPH
WATERLOO.............51 MPH
SIOUX CITY...........51 MPH
IOWA CITY............50 MPH
HARLAN...............50 MPH

...MINNESOTA...

MARIETTA 5S RWIS.....67 MPH
DOVRAY RWIS..........65 MPH
I-90 MILEPOST 35.....62 MPH
BLUE EARTH RWIS......61 MPH
HENDRICKS RWIS.......61 MPH
MN 71 MILEPOST 43....61 MPH
WORTHINGTON..........61 MPH
HANLEY FALLS RWIS....60 MPH
I-90 MILEPOST 67.....60 MPH
LAKE BENTON RWIS.....60 MPH
SLAYTON..............60 MPH
FAIRMONT.............60 MPH
MADISON..............59 MPH
MADELIA RWIS.........58 MPH
WINDOM...............58 MPH
REDWOOD FALLS........58 MPH
MARSHALL.............58 MPH
TWIN LAKES RWIS......56 MPH
ALEXANDRIA...........56 MPH
CANBY................56 MPH
PIPESTONE............56 MPH
MANKATO..............56 MPH
GLENWOOD.............55 MPH
MORRIS...............55 MPH
ORTONVILLE...........55 MPH
BYRON RWIS...........54 MPH
WINTHROP RWIS........54 MPH
WASECA...............54 MPH
MONTEVIDEO...........54 MPH
APPLETON.............54 MPH
ALEXANDRIA RWIS......53 MPH
OWATONNA.............52 MPH
LUVERNE..............52 MPH
AUSTIN...............52 MPH
MOORHEAD.............52 MPH
WHEATON..............52 MPH
OLIVIA...............52 MPH
GRANITE FALLS........52 MPH
NEW PRAGUE RWIS......52 MPH
ST. JAMES............52 MPH
JACKSON..............51 MPH
ALBERT LEA...........51 MPH
TRACY................51 MPH
DODGE CENTER.........51 MPH
HALLOCK..............51 MPH
GRAND FORKS RWIS.....51 MPH
MN-7 MILEPOST 1 RWIS.51 MPH
NEW ULM..............50 MPH
BENSON...............50 MPH
OTTERTAIL RWIS.......50 MPH
ANTHONY RWIS.........50 MPH
DEXTER RWIS..........50 MPH
ALBERT LEA RWIS......50 MPH
I-90 MILEPOST 226....50 MPH

...WISCONSIN...

SULLIVAN NWS.........54 MPH
MINERAL POINT........53 MPH
ARCADIA RWIS.........48 MPH
MONROE RWIS..........46 MPH
KENOSHA..............46 MPH
LONE ROCK............46 MPH
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN.....46 MPH
NWS LA CROSSE........46 MPH
LA CROSSE ...........45 MPH
MOUNT STERLING RWIS..44 MPH
PLATTEVILLE..........43 MPH
MONROE...............43 MPH
JANESVILLE...........41 MPH
WAUKESHA.............40 MPH


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