Jan 8, 2015

113 MPH wind buffets Clark

CLARK — Another winter storm, another breezy day for Clark. Gusts of up to 113 miles an hour were recorded west of Clark on Monday morning, the National Weather Service’s Riverton office reported.

That peak blast of Western air was recorded around 5:20 a.m., approaching the kind of wind gusts you might experience in a significant tornado.

Clark’s gusts continued to top 75 miles an hour until almost 7 a.m., with sustained speeds of as much as 45 miles an hour.

The NWS had issued a high wind warning for several parts of Wyoming Monday morning, including the Cody area and Meeteetse, as a strong winter storm moved into the western and northern parts of the state. Wind gusts peaked at 42 miles an hour at the Cody airport (and 64 miles an hour on top of Rattlesnake Mountain), but things stayed relatively calm in Powell and Meeteetse through Monday afternoon.

As windy as it was, the breezes pale in comparison to the speeds recorded in late November. The day after Thanksgiving, Clark experienced gusts of up to 117 miles an hour and winds of up to 82 miles an hour caused damage to some property in Cody.

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