Sherwood Hills: 82 mph (0210 UTC/2010 MDT)
SR201 at I-80: 80 mph (0130 UTC/1930 MDT)
Syracuse: 76 mph (0120 UTC/1930 MDT)
Great Salt Lake Marina: 73 mph (0136 UTC/1936 MDT)
Many mountain sites, especially in the northern Wasatch, also reported strong gusts.
The setup for the event was very similar to many other strong southerly wind events in the spring. With a developing surface trough extending from the southern Sierra Nevada across central Nevada and northern Utah.
|RAP sea level pressure analysis, surface observations, and GOES IR satellite imagery at 0100 UTC 16 June 2016|
During the spring, meteorologists commonly use the 700-mb flow to get some idea of the potential for strong winds under such conditions, but late yesterday, the 700-mb flow wasn't really all that impressive with modest southerly flow (30-35 knots) east of the trough over Utah. In the spring, I've seen stronger flow than this produce less impressive winds than we saw yesterday.
|RAP 700-mb geopotential height and winds and GOES IR satellite imagery at 0100 UTC 16 June 2016|