A powerful Spring storm system tracked across Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa on Sunday, allowing strong southerly winds to howl across the region.  Extensive cloud cover kept wind gusts between 20 and 30 mph for much of the morning, but partly to mostly sunny skies during the afternoon allowed strong winds aloft to reach the surface, with frequent gusts of 40 to 45 mph observed. The winds were strong enough to down branches and powerlines in the eastern Kansas City suburb of Independence, causing sporadic power outages.

Despite the strong southerly winds, the series of recent cold arctic outbreaks kept deeper moisture along the Gulf of Mexico, preventing severe thunderstorms from developing. A few locations along the Iowa border did see a few scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day, but this activity remained quite weak.

THE FOLLOWING ARE PEAK MEASURED WIND GUSTS ASSOCIATED WITH A
POWERFUL
LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT AFFECTED THE REGION EARLIER TODAY.

LOCATION                 
PEAK GUST (MPH)
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KANSAS CITY INTL ARPT         45
KANSAS CITY DWTN ARPT         48
ST. JOSEPH AIRPORT            46
OLATHE - JOHNSON CO EXEC      44
OLATHE - NEW CENTURY ARPT     46
LEES SUMMIT AIRPORT           50
SEDALIA                       39
WARRENSBURG                   43
WHITEMAN AFB (KNOB NOSTER)    47
CHILLICOTHE                   44

UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS
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INDEPENDENCE                  45
GLADSTONE                     47
LEES SUMMIT (PLEASANT LEA MS) 52
LENEXA (BONJOUR SCHOOL)       42
LIBERTY (LILIAN SCHUM. ES)    48
RAYTOWN (RAYTOWN MS)          40
CARROLLTON                    41
HARRISONVILLE                 42
MARSHALL (
AWOS)               40
PECULIAR                      41


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