A Windy St. Patty's Day

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St. Patrick promised a windy St. Patty's Day, and he delivered! A quick moving system brought through a sharp cold front with some snow, and a lot of wind. There were reports of trees down in Fremont and Sweetwater Counties, one of which fell on a police cruiser; there were also reports of three business signs around Rock Springs being blown down, among other damage. Click here to see the latest Public Information Statement containing the full list of wind reports greater than or equal to 50 mph.

Wind Maps 
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The above map does not show every report, please see the latest public information statement or the table below for a more complete list

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The above map does not show every report, please see the latest public information statement or the table below for a more complete list

A Sample of Peak Wind Gusts Around Central and Western Wyoming
County Station Name Wind Gust (mph)
Teton Jackson Hole-Summit 77
MONTANA Soda Butte 75
Fremont 7 NW Lander 73
Fremont Red Canyon 73
Sweetwater Bitter Creek 71
Sweetwater Rock Springs ASOS 69
Natrona Fales Rock 69
Fremont Lander ASOS 68
Sweetwater Reliance 66
Sweetwater Baxter 66
Fremont South Pass City 66
Fremont Camp Creek 66
Teton Jackson Hole-Raymer 66
Sweetwater Red Desert 65
Sweetwater Little America 64
Fremont Beaver Rim 63
Sweetwater Peru Hill 63
Sweetwater Green River 63
Sweetwater Wamsutter 62
Sweetwater Continental Divide 62
Natrona Pathfinder Hill 60
Sublette Snider Basin 59
Natrona Hiland 59
Natrona Casper ASOS 58
Sweetwater 4 WSW Rock Springs 57
Sweetwater Farson 57
Hot Springs Grass Creek Divide 57
Fremont Crowheart 57
Sweetwater 7 E Rock Springs 57
Sweetwater Superior 57
Park Chief Joseph 57
Fremont Jeffrey City 56
Johnson I-25 Divide 56
Johnson 10 N Kaycee 56
Sweetwater Point of Rocks 55
Big Horn Greybull ASOS 55
Johnson Poker Creek 55
Fremont Riverton ASOS 54
Johnson 5 E Buffalo 54
Johnson Buffalo ASOS 54
Sweetwater Snow Springs Creek 54
Park Eagle 53
Fremont Lava Mountain 52
Natrona Twenty Mile Hill 51
Teton Jackson Hole-Mid 50
Sublette Big Piney ASOS 50


There will be a brief respite overnight with strong and gusty winds returning on Monday across many of the same areas that received the strong winds on Sunday (see bottom left loop). However, the winds on Monday are expected to be more isolated and less impactful.



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The above animation shows the 3 hourly wind speeds (image) and direction (barbs) from our local WRF model. The loop begins at 18Z Saturday (or noon on Sunday) and ends at 12Z Tuesday (or 5am Tuesday)

Image Key:

Black to Navy Blue = Less than 30 mph

Blue = 30 - 35 mph

Purple = 35 - 40 mph

Green = 40 - 50 mph

Orange - 50 - 60 mph

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The above image shows the wind gust forecast for Monday, March 18th   





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