Winds & Wildfires Blast Western & North Central Nebraska 

A SUSTAINED PERIOD OF STRONG AND GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS WAS EASILY  
DISCERNIBLE ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA ON THURSDAY.  
 
THESE STRONG WINDS WERE CAUSED BY A LARGE LOW PRESSURE CENTER THAT  
TRAVERSED ACROSS SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN.  
WITH HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT BUILDING ACROSS THE NORTHERN ROCKIES...THE  
PRESSURE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO SYSTEMS DROVE THE EXTREMELY  
HIGH WINDS ACROSS THE REGION TODAY.  
 
A PEAK WIND GUST OF 73 MPH WAS REPORTED FROM NEWPORT IN ROCK  
COUNTY AT 730 AM. A MESONET SITE 3 MILES EAST OF BIG SPRINGS IN  
KEITH COUNTY CLOCKED A 70 MPH GUST AT 1130 AM. ANOTHER 70 MPH PEAK  
WIND GUST OCCURRED AT THE BROKEN BOW AIRPORT AT 156 PM.  
 
DUE TO THE ANTECEDENT DRY CONDITIONS BECAUSE OF PROLONGED DROUGHT  
- THE FIERCE WINDS CAUSED A CLOSURE OF INTERSTATE 80 AND HIGHWAY  
30 TODAY...TO THE WEST OF BIG SPRINGS...DUE TO A DUST STORM AND  
GREATLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES. NEBRASKA HIGHWAY 26 WAS ALSO CLOSED  
FROM LEWELLEN TO OGALLALA DUE TO REDUCED VISIBILITY. ANOTHER DUST  
STORM OCCURRED AT THE JUNCTIONS OF HIGHWAY 23 AND HIGHWAY 83...NEAR  
CURTIS WITH VISIBILITIES REPORTED AS NEAR ZERO.  
 
WIND DAMAGE OCCURRED IN BROKEN BOW WHERE A METAL SIGN POST AT AG  
LAND ATV WAS BENT IN HALF...AND ROOF DAMAGE WAS REPORTED IN  
DOWNTOWN BROKEN BOW. TREES WERE REPORTED BLOWN DOWN IN BASSETT.  
THE HIGH WINDS WREAKED HAVOC ON THE REGION TODAY...CAUSING A  
NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND HELPING TO FUEL FLAMES IN MULTIPLE  
WILDFIRES.  
 
SOME OF THE WILDFIRES REPORTED OCCURRED NEAR ANSELMO AND MERNA IN  
CUSTER COUNTY...WITH ANOTHER NEAR SARGENT. A LARGE WILDFIRE BEGAN  
THIS AFTERNOON SOUTHWEST OF SUTHERLAND...WITH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT  
REPORTING SOME STRUCTURES WERE LOST IN THE FIRE. ANOTHER WILDFIRE  
BEGAN NEAR INTERSTATE 80 JUST WEST OF PAXTON. CHERRY COUNTY  
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED SEVERAL ONGOING FIRES AS OF 800 PM  
ACROSS THE COUNTY. SOME OF THE FIRES IN CHERRY COUNTY TODAY  
INCLUDED ONE SOUTH OF ELI...AND YET ANOTHER NEAR CODY. A VERY  
LARGE VEXING FIRE CONTINUES BURNING LATE THURSDAY EVENING TO THE  
NORTH AND NORTHWEST OF CROOKSTON - WITH A LOT OF ATTENTION FROM  
FIREFIGHTERS.   
 
BELOW IS A PRELIMINARY LISTING OF LOCAL STORM REPORTS WHICH WERE  
GARNERED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES.    
 
IF YOU HAVE ANY WIND DAMAGE OR WILDFIRE DAMAGE REPORTS - PLEASE  
RELAY THEM TO YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN NORTH PLATTE OR  
LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. YOU CAN UTILIZE OUR  
SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER TO RELAY REPORTS.  
 
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            ..REMARKS..  
 
0203 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST VALENTINE               42.87N 100.55W  
10/18/2012  M56.00 MPH       CHERRY             NE   ASOS              
 
0452 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST VALENTINE               42.87N 100.55W  
10/18/2012  M56.00 MPH       CHERRY             NE   ASOS              
 
0535 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 7 NW AINSWORTH          42.62N 99.95W   
10/18/2012  M56.00 MPH       BROWN              NE   AWOS              
 
0535 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 2 NW ONEILL             42.48N 98.67W   
10/18/2012  M55.00 MPH       HOLT               NE   AWOS              
 
0655 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 2 NW ONEILL             42.48N 98.67W   
10/18/2012  M55.00 MPH       HOLT               NE   AWOS              
 
            SUSTAINED WINDS MEASURED AT 45 MPH.   
 
0730 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST NEWPORT                 42.60N 99.33W   
10/18/2012  M73.00 MPH       ROCK               NE   PUBLIC            
 
            TIME ESTIMATED. MEASURED FROM HOME WEATHER STATION.  
 
0752 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST VALENTINE               42.87N 100.55W  
10/18/2012  M54.00 MPH       CHERRY             NE   ASOS              
 
            SUSTAINED WINDS MEASURED AT 41 MPH.  
 
0814 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 25 S VALENTINE          42.51N 100.55W  
10/18/2012  M58.00 MPH       CHERRY             NE   MESONET           
 
0822 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 7 NW AINSWORTH          42.62N 99.95W   
10/18/2012  M59.00 MPH       BROWN              NE   AWOS              
 
            SUSTAINED WINDS MEASURED AT 38 MPH  
 
0852 AM     HIGH SUST WINDS  VALENTINE               42.87N 100.55W  
10/18/2012  M40.00 MPH       CHERRY             NE   ASOS              
 
            GUSTING TO 55 MPH  
 
0853 AM     HIGH SUST WINDS  BROKEN BOW              41.41N 99.64W   
10/18/2012  M43.00 MPH       CUSTER             NE   AWOS              
 
            GUSTING TO 56 MPH  
 
0855 AM     HIGH SUST WINDS  AINSWORTH               42.55N 99.86W   
10/18/2012  M41.00 MPH       BROWN              NE   ASOS              
 
            GUSTING TO 55 MPH  
 
0855 AM     HIGH SUST WINDS  ONEILL                  42.46N 98.65W   
10/18/2012  M41.00 MPH       HOLT               NE   ASOS              
 
            GUSTING TO 53 MPH  
 
0856 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST IMPERIAL                40.52N 101.64W  
10/18/2012  M62.00 MPH       CHASE              NE   ASOS              
 
            PEAK WIND GUST AT THE IMPERIAL MUNICIPAL AIRPORT. MAXIMUM  
            SUSTAINED WIND WAS 48 MPH AT 903 AM.  
 
0900 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG BROKEN BOW              41.41N 99.64W   
10/18/2012                   CUSTER             NE   PUBLIC            
 
            SIGN BLOWN OVER IN BROKEN BOW AT AG LAND ATV AT   
            APPROXIMATELY 900 AM. DELAYED REPORT WHICH WAS RELAYED   
            THROUGH FACEBOOK.  
 
0952 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST AINSWORTH               42.55N 99.86W   
10/18/2012  M62.00 MPH       BROWN              NE   AWOS              
 
0952 AM     HIGH SUST WINDS  VALENTINE               42.87N 100.55W  
10/18/2012  M44.00 MPH       CHERRY             NE   ASOS              
 
            GUSTING TO 63 MPH  
 
0955 AM     HIGH SUST WINDS  OGALLALA                41.13N 101.72W  
10/18/2012  M40.00 MPH       KEITH              NE   AWOS              
 
            GUSTING TO 58 MPH  
 
1000 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 8 ESE LISCO             41.46N 102.48W  
10/18/2012  E51.00 MPH       GARDEN             NE   MESONET           
 
            PEAK WIND GUST.  
 
1012 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST VALENTINE               42.87N 100.55W  
10/18/2012  M67.00 MPH       CHERRY             NE   ASOS              
 
            PEAK WIND GUST AT MILLER FIELD IN VALENTINE. MAXIMUM   
            SUSTAINED WIND WAS 47 MPH AT 1031 AM.  
 
1018 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 4 WSW BIG SPRINGS       41.04N 102.15W  
10/18/2012  M67.00 MPH       DEUEL              NE   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
            SUSTAINED E50 MPH. VISIBILITY ONE HALF MILE FROM BLOWING   
            DUST.  
 
1035 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST ONEILL                  42.46N 98.65W   
10/18/2012  M63.00 MPH       HOLT               NE   AWOS              
 
1036 AM     HIGH SUST WINDS  10 NE OSHKOSH           41.51N 102.21W  
10/18/2012  M40.00 MPH       GARDEN             NE   CO-OP OBSERVER    
 
            GUSTS TO 48 MPH. VISIBILITY IS ONE QUARTER MILE.  
 
1046 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 7 E CHAPPELL            41.09N 102.33W  
10/18/2012  E60.00 MPH       DEUEL              NE   PUBLIC            
 
            NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY FROM BLOWING DUST  
 
1053 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST BROKEN BOW              41.41N 99.64W   
10/18/2012  M67.00 MPH       CUSTER             NE   ASOS              
 
            SUSTAINED WINDS AT 52 MPH  
 
1053 AM     HIGH SUST WINDS  NORTH PLATTE            41.13N 100.77W  
10/18/2012  M45.00 MPH       LINCOLN            NE   ASOS              
 
            GUSTING TO 61 MPH  
 
1106 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST IMPERIAL                40.52N 101.64W  
10/18/2012  M59.00 MPH       CHASE              NE   ASOS              
 
            SUSTAINED WINDS AT 40 MPH  
 
1114 AM     HIGH SUST WINDS  BIG SPRINGS             41.06N 102.07W  
10/18/2012  E50.00 MPH       DEUEL              NE   CO-OP OBSERVER    
 
            VISIBILITY ONE QUARTER MILE  
 
1115 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST ONEILL                  42.46N 98.65W   
10/18/2012  M64.00 MPH       HOLT               NE   AWOS              
 
            PEAK WIND GUST.  
 
1115 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 3 E BIG SPRINGS         41.06N 102.02W  
10/18/2012  M69.00 MPH       KEITH              NE   MESONET           
 
1128 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 3 ENE NORTH PLATTE      41.15N 100.72W  
10/18/2012  M62.00 MPH       LINCOLN            NE   ASOS              
 
            PEAK WIND GUST AT LEE BIRD FIELD IN NORTH PLATTE. MAXIMUM  
            SUSTAINED WIND SPEED 49 MPH AT 1116 AM.  
 
1130 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 3 E BIG SPRINGS         41.06N 102.02W  
10/18/2012  M70.00 MPH       KEITH              NE   MESONET           
 
            PEAK WIND GUST.  
 
1143 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST BROKEN BOW              41.41N 99.64W   
10/18/2012  M53.00 MPH       CUSTER             NE   ASOS              
 
            PEAK WIND GUST AT THE BROKEN BOW MUNICIPAL AIRPORT.   
            MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WIND SPEED WAS 53 MPH AT 1018 AM.   
 
1145 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 3 E OGALLALA            41.13N 101.66W  
10/18/2012  M66.00 MPH       KEITH              NE   MESONET           
 
            PEAK WIND GUST.  
 
1155 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST ONEILL                  42.46N 98.65W   
10/18/2012  M51.00 MPH       HOLT               NE   AWOS              
 
            MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS AT THE ONEILL AIRPORT.  
 
1155 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST OGALLALA                41.13N 101.72W  
10/18/2012  M63.00 MPH       KEITH              NE   AWOS              
 
            PEAK WIND GUST.  
 
1155 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST THEDFORD                41.98N 100.57W  
10/18/2012  M58.00 MPH       THOMAS             NE   AWOS              
 
            PEAK WIND GUST.  
 
1155 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST OGALLALA                41.13N 101.72W  
10/18/2012  M55.00 MPH       KEITH              NE   AWOS              
 
            MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS AT THE OGALLALA AIRPORT.   
 
1157 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 6 E SPRINGVIEW          42.83N 99.63W   
10/18/2012  M59.00 MPH       KEYA PAHA          NE   MESONET           
 
            PEAK WIND GUST.  
 
1158 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST CRESCENT LAKE NWR       41.74N 102.41W  
10/18/2012  M60.00 MPH       GARDEN             NE   MESONET           
 
            PEAK WIND GUST.  
 
1200 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 6 ESE OSHKOSH           41.38N 102.24W  
10/18/2012  M62.00 MPH       GARDEN             NE   MESONET           
 
            PEAK WIND GUST.  
 
1200 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 7 SE CHAPPELL           41.02N 102.37W  
10/18/2012  M61.00 MPH       DEUEL              NE   MESONET           
 
            PEAK WIND GUST.  
 
1205 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 14 N JOHNSTOWN          42.78N 100.06W  
10/18/2012  M53.00 MPH       BROWN              NE   MESONET           
 
            PEAK WIND GUST.  
 
1225 PM     DUST STORM       CURTIS                  40.63N 100.51W  
10/18/2012                   FRONTIER           NE   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
            AT HIGHWAY 23 AND HIGHWAY 83 JUNCTION...VISIBILITY AT   
            TIME OF REPORT WAS FREQUENTLY NEAR ZERO. CONDITIONS HAVE   
            EXISTED FOR APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR WITH NEAR OR ZERO   
            VISIBILITIES AND DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.  
 
1229 PM     DUST STORM       BIG SPRINGS             41.06N 102.07W  
10/18/2012                   DEUEL              NE   LAW ENFORCEMENT   
 
            INTERSTATE 80 AND HIGHWAY 30 ARE CLOSED WEST OF BIG   
            SPRINGS DUE TO DUST STORM AND CAR PILE UP. NEBRASKA 26 IS  
            ALSO CLOSED FROM LEWELLEN TO OGALLALA DUE TO REDUCED   
            VISIBILITY.  
 
1235 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST OGALLALA                41.13N 101.72W  
10/18/2012  M69.00 MPH       KEITH              NE   AWOS              
 
            SUSTAINED WINDS AT 55 MPH  
 
0135 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST AINSWORTH               42.55N 99.86W   
10/18/2012  M64.00 MPH       BROWN              NE   AWOS              
 
            PEAK WIND GUST.  
 
0141 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG BASSETT                 42.58N 99.54W   
10/18/2012                   ROCK               NE   EMERGENCY MNGR    
 
            REPORTS OF TREES DOWN IN BASSETT.  
 
0155 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST AINSWORTH               42.55N 99.86W   
10/18/2012  M49.00 MPH       BROWN              NE   AWOS              
 
            MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS AT THE AINSWORTH AIRPORT.  
 
0156 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST BROKEN BOW              41.41N 99.64W   
10/18/2012  M70.00 MPH       CUSTER             NE   ASOS              
 
            PEAK WIND GUST. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WIND WAS 53 MPH AT 1018  
            AM.  
 
0219 PM     WILDFIRE         5 SW SUTHERLAND         41.11N 101.19W  
10/18/2012                   LINCOLN            NE   EMERGENCY MNGR    
 
            LARGE FIRE SOUTHWEST OF SUTHERLAND. ESTIMATED LOCATION.   
            EM REPORTS STRUCTURES LOST.  
 
0355 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST THEDFORD                41.98N 100.57W  
10/18/2012  M45.00 MPH       THOMAS             NE   AWOS              
 
            MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS AT THE THEDFORD AIRPORT.   
 
0435 PM     WILDFIRE         3 W PAXTON              41.12N 101.41W  
10/18/2012                   KEITH              NE   EMERGENCY MNGR    
 
            REPORTS OF LARGE WILDFIRE NEAR INTERSTATE 80. LOCATION IS  
            ESTIMATED FROM 3.9 CHANNEL.  
 
0435 PM     WILDFIRE         4 S ELI                 42.88N 101.44W  
10/18/2012                   CHERRY             NE   EMERGENCY MNGR    
 
            CHERRY COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGER REPORTING SEVERAL NEW   
            FIRES ACROSS THE COUNTY. THE LOCATION IS ESTIMATED OFF   
            THE 3.9 CHANNEL.  
 
0450 PM     WILDFIRE         8 N CHAPPELL            41.21N 102.47W  
10/18/2012                   DEUEL              NE   LAW ENFORCEMENT   
 
            ESTIMATED LOCATION. LARGE WILDFIRE BURNING NEAR DEUEL AND  
            GARDEN COUNTY LINE. 
 

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