Sunday, March 15, 2020

A Persistent Blow

Sick of the wind?  Many are as it's been persistent and gusty now for a period spanning about 36 hours in the Salt Lake Valley.

Observations from the University of Utah show southerly winds picking up in earnest around 0000 MDT 14 March (Saturday).  There was a brief letdown early Saturday morning, and then a peak late that afternoon.  Winds blew fairly steadily overnight as well, with a brief letdown just after 6 am this morning.

Source: MesoWest
 This is one observation location, so what happened at your home may have differed somewhat, but for the most part, it's been a persistently windy time.

Over the past 24 hours, the strongest winds have been in the Wasatch Mountains, including a peak gust of 99 mph at the top of Snowbasin's Strawberry Bowl early this morning.  At lower elevations, there was a gust of 64 mph in Parley's Canyon near the quarry, 57 mph in the upper Avenues, 54 mph in Provo and Herriman. 

The strong southerlies will continue today, with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. 

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