Intense Wind Across The Region
- February 23, 2012 -
During the early morning hours on Thursday, February 23, a surface low pressure system and associated cold front passed through the Central Plains. Behind this system, a tightened pressure gradient formed over the Central Plains. This pressure gradient, combined with boundary layer mixing during the afternoon hours, helped transport strong northwest winds aloft down to the surface. Sustained wind speeds near 30 and 40 miles per hour were common across much of Nebraska. The highest wind gust reported across Nebraska was measured at 67 MPH at the Broken Bow Airport. While gusts were not quite that high across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas, wind gusts peaked in the mid to upper 40s and even a few mid to upper 50s.
The table on the right indicates peak measured wind gusts at airport sites (ASOS or AWOS) within the NWS Hastings coverage area...