March Wind Roars Like a Lion


     The last day of March 2009 was marked by a strong northwest wind across central and south central Nebraska and north central Kansas.  Deep low pressure tracking into southern Minnesota...and high pressure over the southern plains left our region with a tight pressure gradient responsible for the strong wind.  For those counting millibars...there was a 15 millibar pressure difference between central Nebraska and southwest Minnesota during the afternoon.  


Location Peak Gust Time (CDT)
Shelton I-80 (NDOR) 53 mph 1025 AM
Arapahoe U.S. 283 @ Milepost 19.54 (NDOR) 53 mph 1124 AM
York I-80 Interchange (NDOR) 52 mph 219 PM
Ord Evelyn Sharp Field (ASOS) 52 mph 1016 AM
Elm Creek I-80 Interchange (NDOR) 51 mph 1027 AM
Lexington Jim Kelly Field (AWOS) 51 mph 1250 PM
Clay Center Highway 14 & 74 Intersection (NDOR) 50 mph 118 PM
York Airport (AWOS) 49 mph 1210 PM
Campbell Highway 4 @Milepost 49.7 (NDOR) 48 mph 1029 AM
Holdrege Brewster Field (AWOS) 48 mph 1010 AM
Hastings Airport (ASOS) 48 mph 153 PM
Grand Island S. Channel of the Platte I-80 (NDOR) 47 mph 331 PM
Hebron Airport (AWOS) 47 mph 1030 AM
Miller Highway 83 & Highway 40 Intersection (NDOR) 47 mph 1132 AM
Grand Island Regional Airport (ASOS) 46 mph 1153 AM
Aurora Airport (AWOS) 46 mph 330 PM
Kearney Regional Airport (AWOS) 46 mph 1215 PM
Rainwater Basin (8 mi Southwest of Harvard) 43 mph 1256 PM
Kirwin Reservoir (RAWS) 43 mph 1056 AM

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