Peak Wind Gusts Friday

                                      Peak Wind Gusts Recorded Friday

A tight pressure gradient around low pressure crossing northern Wisconsin produced blustery southwest winds Friday over southern Wisconsin. The following list shows peak wind gusts of 40 mph or higher recorded Friday at various airport sites, mesonet sites and marine observation sites across southern Wisconsin.

Location Peak Wind Gust Speed (MPH)
McKinley Marina 50
MIlwaukee Mitchell International Airport 47
Fond Du Lac Airport 45
Country Dale Elementary School Franklin 44
Harvey Philip Charter School Waukesha 44
Merton Intermediate School 44
Sheboygan Airport 44
Crites Field Waukesha 44
Kenosha Harbor 43
Kenosha Airport 43
University School River Hills 41
Marcy ES Menomonee Falls 41
Monroe Airport 40
Janesville Airport 40
Juneau/Dodge Airport 40
New Glarus High School 40
Kettle Moraine MS Dousman 40
Park Lawn ES Oconomowoc 40
Stone Bank ES 40


The graphic below shows the locations of the higher peak wind gusts (>=39 MPH) Friday.  Most of the higher gusts were concentrated in the southeast half of the NWS MIlwaukee/Sullivan County Warning Area.

Gusty winds will return for Saturday, and especially Saturday night, with a tightening pressure gradient around another low pressure that rapidly deepens as it tracks across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to southwest Quebec. The cold front trailing this low will push across southern Wisconsin Saturday evening...with the gusty northwest winds ushering in the coldest air so far of the winter season. Wind chill readings will be in the teens below zero by daybreak Sunday morning. See our other Top News story concerning this upcoming cold spell.



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