...Gusty Northwest Winds Will Continue Across the Region through Friday...

The table below indicates the peak wind gust speeds through 230 PM on March 1st, 2007.  These strong gusty winds were noted on the back side of a very strong low pressure system which was moving across southern Iowa at mid afternoon Thursday March 1st.  This system brought heavy snow into southeastern Nebraska and Iowa, and spawned numerous severe thunderstorms and several tornadoes over parts of the eastern United States.

Windy conditions are expected to continue over south central Nebraska and north central Kansas through Friday.  This will be due to strong northwest wind flow in the mid and upper atmosphere, on the back side of the departing low pressure system.  The upper low pressure is expected to track across southern Wisconsin by mid day Friday.    

The table below indicates peak wind speed gusts from the National Weather Service observation networks through 230 PM March 1st, 2007:

Location Peak Wind Gust (MPH) Direction Time
Grand Island Central Regional Airport 51 MPH Northwest 1102 AM
Hastings Municipal Airport 49 MPH Northwest   845 AM
Ord Evelyn Sharp Field 53 MPH Northwest 1027 AM
Kearney Regional Airport 38 MPH Northwest   135 PM
Aurora Municipal Airport 49 MPH Northwest   930 AM
York Municipal Airport 49 MPH Northwest   750 AM
Concordia, Kansas 44 MPH Northwest   917 AM
Hill City, Kansas 38 MPH Northwest   220 PM


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