|The above image shows the expected wind speeds Thursday morning. The areas shaded in green should expect 40+ mph winds, areas shaded in orange can expect 50+ mph winds, and areas shaded in red can expect 60+ mph winds. Click on the image for a full resolution version.||
This is what a mountain wave looks like when viewed from the side. Yellowstone is on the bottom left hand corner and as you look to the right you are going east. The city of Clark is in the middle. As you look up, you are looking up in the atmosphere with over 40,000ft above the surface at the top of the screen. In this image, you can see how the winds collide with the Absaroka mountains, this causes turbulence in the entire column above the mountain range. Air then rushes down the front of the mountains...this downward rush of air causes heating (the red and yellow shades in the image) and extreme wind speeds. Click on the image for a full resolution version.
For more detail on how strong we expect the winds to be, and where...click here.
...VERY STRONG WINDS LIKELY IN THE CODY FOOTHILLS AND EAST SLOPE OF THE ABSAROKA MOUNTAINS TONIGHT AND THURSDAY WITH STRONG WIND LIKELY ALONG THE GREEN MOUNTAINS INTO THE CASPER AREA DURING THE DAY ON THURSDAY...ALSO...STRONG WINDS COULD DEVELOP THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT ALONG THE LANDER FOOTHILLS...