High Winds Blast the Black Hills Region

October 18, 2012 - An intense storm system tracking across the northern tier of the United States produced very strong wind gusts over the Black Hills region. Gusty winds developed behind a cold front that crossed the area during the evening of Tuesday, October 16; then increased during the early morning of October 17. The highest gust recorded Wednesday was 73 mph near Parmelee on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.  Thursday's highest gust was 81 mph at the National Weather Service office in Rapid City. The table below lists the peak wind gusts in mph for weather stations across the area.

LOCATION TYPE OF OBSERVATION

Oct 17

Oct 18

SOUTH DAKOTA Gusts (MPH)
Badlands National Park /   8 S Wall RAWS 64  65
8 SW Batesland Dept of Highways 46  57
1 N Belle Fourche Broadcast Media 52  50
Belle Fourche Airport AWOS 56  52
14 NW Belle Fourche Dept of Highways 57  55
32 N Belle Fourche RAWS 61  56
10 NE Belvidere Dept of Highways 67  74
1 W Box Elder Dept of Highways 55  72
Bison Mesonet 58  56
Bison Airport 63  62
1 N Buffalo ASOS 71  63
14 ESE Buffalo Mesonet 56  49
 4 E Cactus Flat Dept of Highways 64  65
2 E Cottonwood Mesonet 55  59
Custer Airport ASOS 52  51
Custer State Park RAWS 50  45
Dupree Broadcast Media 63  N/A
Eagle Butte Airport AWOS 62  63
1 SW South Eagle Butte Mesonet 59  58
10 W Edgemont Dept of Highways 57  61
Ellsworth AFB Other Federal 58  74
Faith Airport ASOS 68  71
2 W Hamill Mesonet 64  62
Hot Springs Broadcast Media 45  38
Hot Springs Airport AWOS 52  38
Kadoka Broadcast Media 59  58
Lemmon Mesonet 82  69
3 W Lemmon Dept of Highways 64  56
Lemmon Airport AWOS 62  57
4 N Ludlow Dept of Highways 63  57
Martin Mesonet 51  56
Martin Broadcast Media 51  59
Martin Airport AWOS 49  62
15 SE Mission Dept of Highways 67  74
Nemo Other Federal 48  58
Newell Broadcast Media 66  59
2 NW Pactola Dept of Highways 47  61
6 W Parmelee RAWS 73  72
Pine Ridge Airport ASOS 47  39
4 NW Pine Ridge Broadcast Media 45  41
Philip Airport ASOS 60  66
1 NW Piedmont Mesonet 45  63
5 NE Porcupine RAWS 57  57
Downtown Rapid City Official NWS Obs 67  81
Downtown Rapid City Broadcast Media 52  68
1 S Downtown Rapid City Broadcast Media 41  50
Rapid City Airport ASOS 67  70
Downtown Spearfish Broadcast Media 50  50
Spearfish / Black Hills Airport AWOS 51  51
Downtown Sturgis Broadcast Media 55  57
Sturgis Airport AWOS 61  69
Fort Meade RAWS 57  N/A
Union Center Mesonet 72  73
3 NW Wasta Dept of Highways 64  73
Wall Airport AWOS 57  63
White River Mesonet 51  52
Winner Airport ASOS 63  59
WYOMING
Beulah Dept of Highways 49  44
2 NE Echeta RAWS 57  49
Gillette-Campbell County Airport ASOS 48  48
14 SW Gillette Dept of Highways 46  42
Newcastle Airport AWOS 53  N/A
5 NW Osage Trained Spotter 69  N/A
Pine Haven Trained Spotter 44  42
15 SW Sundance Dept of Highways 47  47
25 N Weston Trained Spotter 58  48
25 SE Wright RAWS 48  50
13 N Wright Dept of Highways 48  43

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