April 15, 2012: Strong Northwest Winds Behind a Cold Front

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April 15, 2012

High Wind Event

Strong Northerly Winds Impact All of South Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas,
Sustained Speeds Commonly 30-40 MPH with Gusts 45-55 MPH

Event Summary:

An upper level low pressure system brought severe weather to the region on Saturday, April 14th, with an accompanying surface cold front which pushed through the NWS Hastings coverage area during the daytime hours on Sunday, April 15th.  Strong northwest winds developed in the wake of this cold front as surface high pressure built in from the west, and lingered well into the evening hours.  Winds eventually diminished after midnight from west to east, but remained gusty overnight.  Sustained speeds from 30 to 40 mph were common, with gusts reaching well into the 50+ mph range.

The table below highlights peak gusts recorded by automated sensors across the area.


Speed (MPH)


Aurora Airport


12:15 a.m. 4/16

Ord Airport


8:53 p.m.

Grand Island Airport


8:17 p.m.

York Airport


11:15 p.m.

Lexington Airport


5:35 p.m.

Hastings Aiport


8:53 p.m.

Phillipsburg, KS Airport


5:45 p.m.

Kearney Airport


7:55 p.m.

Smith Center, KS Airport


7:35 p.m.


This page was composed by the staff at the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska.

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