Powerful Fall Storm Brings Strong Winds to the Area

A major fall storm system that developed Monday afternoon brought severe weather and two days of high winds to parts of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes.  The severe weather was confined to areas east of the Mississippi River, with tornadoes reported from northern Illinois into the Ohio Valley.  Tuesday and Wednesday high winds were the story across eastern Iowa, northwest Illinois and northeast Missouri. Strong winds aloft and a tight pressure gradient were the culprits, thanks to the low pressure to the north and high pressure building into the south. The following are a sample of the highest recorded wind gusts on Tuesday and Wednesday from across the area.


PEAK WIND GUSTS TUESDAY...10/26

STATION                              PEAK GUST   TIME OF GUST
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ILLINOIS SITES
FREEPORT AWOS .....................    51 MPH      1005 AM
MACOMB AWOS .......................    45 MPH      1200 PM
MOLINE ASOS .......................    47 MPH       204 PM
SAVANNA AWOS ......................    47 MPH       944 AM
STERLING ROCKFALLS AWOS ...........    39 MPH       315 PM

IOWA SITES
BURLINGTON ASOS ...................    41 MPH       202 PM
CEDAR RAPIDS ASOS .................    53 MPH       102 PM
CLINTON AWOS ......................    64 MPH       535 AM
DAVENPORT ASOS ....................    52 MPH       509 AM
DUBUQUE ASOS ......................    60 MPH       220 PM
FAIRFIELD AWOS ....................    47 MPH      1235 PM
FORT MADISON AWOS .................    39 MPH       835 AM
INDEPENDENCE AWOS .................    49 MPH      1055 AM
IOWA CITY ASOS ....................    49 MPH      1232 PM
KEOKUK AWOS .......................    48 MPH       215 PM
MONTICELLO AWOS ...................    48 MPH      1035 AM
MOUNT PLEASANT AWOS ...............    45 MPH      1215 PM
MUSCATINE AWOS ....................    46 MPH       435 AM
VINTON AWOS .......................    43 MPH       115 PM
WASHINGTON AWOS ...................    43 MPH       815 AM

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PEAK WIND GUSTS WEDNESDAY...10/27

STATION                              PEAK GUST   TIME OF GUST
----------------------------------- ----------- --------------

ILLINOIS SITES
FREEPORT AWOS .....................    46 MPH       305 PM
MACOMB AWOS .......................    48 MPH       400 PM
MOLINE ASOS .......................    53 MPH       642 PM
SAVANNA AWOS ......................    46 MPH       724 PM
STERLING ROCKFALLS AWOS ...........    50 MPH       735 PM

IOWA SITES
BURLINGTON ASOS ...................    48 MPH       349 PM
CEDAR RAPIDS ASOS .................    51 MPH       529 PM
CLINTON AWOS ......................    52 MPH       715 PM
DAVENPORT ASOS ....................    52 MPH       201 PM
DUBUQUE ASOS ......................    56 MPH      1216 PM
FAIRFIELD AWOS ....................    41 MPH       735 PM
FORT MADISON AWOS .................    40 MPH       255 PM
INDEPENDENCE AWOS .................    59 MPH      1135 AM
IOWA CITY ASOS ....................    60 MPH       613 PM
KEOKUK AWOS .......................    49 MPH       355 PM
MONTICELLO AWOS...................     48 MPH       555 PM
MOUNT PLEASANT AWOS...............     49 MPH       115 PM
MUSCATINE AWOS ....................    48 MPH       455 PM
VINTON AWOS .......................    48 MPH       315 PM
WASHINGTON AWOS ...................    43 MPH       355 PM
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