December 31, 2011 Strong Winds Impact Tri-State Region

Figure 1: Visibility around 1 mile
Figure 2: Visibility beginning to decrease
Figure 3: Visibility becoming much worse
Figure 4: Near-zero visibility in blowing dust
Figure 5: Roof of home damaged by strong winds
Figure 5: Goodland New Year's Day Snow Depth


Strong and Damaging Winds Impact

the Tri-State Region on New Year's Eve


A powerful storm system brought intense winds to much of the Tri-State region on New Year's Eve. Many locations recorded wind gusts in excess of 55 mph with a wind speed of 77 mph measured at Renner Field in Goodland, KS.  Sporadic damage was reported across the area along with several automobile accidents which occurred as a result of near-zero visibility in blowing dirt. Thankfully, no fatalities were reported but Interstate 70 was closed for several hours between Goodland, KS and Burlington, CO. Below are a few images provided by Ryan Murray, Emergency Manager for Cheyenne, Rawlins, and Sherman Counties in northwest Kansas.

Visibility around 1 mile

Visibility Starting To Get Worse

Visibility Getting Worse Yet

Visibility Near-Zero

Roof Blown Off House


 All Photos Courtesy

Ryan Murray,

Emergency Manager for

Cheyenne, Rawlins, and Sherman Counties



List of Recorded Wind Speeds Across the

Tri-State Region on December 31, 2011

Goodland, KS ASOS

77 mph

Burlington, CO ASOS 76 mph
5 W Goodland, KS 73 mph
Seibert, CO (CDOT) 72 mph
Oakley, KS AWOS 70 mph
2 W Yuma, CO 70 mph
Weskan, KS (Courtesy: KSN) 68 mph
10 SW Sharon Springs, KS 68 mph
Bird City, KS 67 mph
Colby, KS AWOS 67 mph
12 N Goodland, KS 67 mph
4 NNW Marienthal, KS 66 mph
Haigler, NE 63 mph
2 S Wallace, KS 61 mph
4 NE Idalia, CO (CDOT) 60 mph
Hill City, KS ASOS 59 mph
Grinnell, KS (Courtesy: KSN) 58 mph
Wray, CO AWOS 58 mph
9 SSE Sharon Springs, KS 58 mph
Brewster, KS 57 mph
5 ESE Gove, KS 57 mph
Winona, KS 56 mph
Gove, KS 55 mph
1 W Firstview, CO (CDOT) 55 mph


55 mph

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