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April 17th, 2018 High Wind Event

A strong upper level trough moved across northern Colorado on Tuesday.  As the system moved across a strong pacific front accompanied the trough.  Strong downward forcing aloft, behind the the trough, allowed for stronger winds aloft to mix down to the surface behind the pacific front.  This enhanced wind gusts across the Front Range and adjacent Plains.   Widespread gusts from 60 to 80 mph were common as the pacific front moved across the area.  This type of set up is typically called a bora wind.  

The high winds caused wind damage in some areas, power outages, blown over semi trucks and quite a bit of blowing dust.  The blowing dust was so bad in some areas that roads were closed due to very poor visibility.   

 

Here are some of the higher wind gusts that occurred on April 17th.

 

 

A list of compiled reports is show below.

Location County Peak Gust
1E Lousville Boulder 89
Jeffco Airport Jefferson 86
2NW Rocky Flats Jefferson 83
Superior Boulder 84
3N Eldorado Springs Boulder 81
8 S Holyoke Phillips 81
2NW Loveland Larimer 80
4 E Buckeye Larimer 79
Akron-Washington County Airport Washington 78
3 E Gold Hill Boulder 78
1 S Cheesman Reservoir Douglas 74
5NE Broomfield Broomfield 73
7 NE Ponderosa Park Elbert 73
7NE Broomfield Weld 72
2 NNW Longmont Boulder 72
2 SE Sterling Logan 72
4 ESE Erie Adams 72
2SE Wattenburg Adams 71
4 SE Denver Denver 71
1 SSW Bennett Adams 71
5N Loveland Larimer 70
2 SSE Gold Hill Boulder 70
Denver International Airport Denver 70
28E Grover Weld 69
8NW Limon Elbert 69
2 W Keenesburg Weld 69
1 SSW Erie Weld 69
4 S Mead Weld 68
Virginia Dale Larimer 68
Sterling Logan 68
1 E Boulder Boulder 68
Briggsdale Weld 68
2 NE White Ranch Open S Jefferson 68
Limon Municipal Airport Lincoln 68
1 N Buckley Angb Arapahoe 67
1 ESE Strasburg Arapahoe 67
Superior Boulder 67
2 NNE Natural Fort Rest Weld 66
2 SE Loveland Larimer 66
1 NE Hygiene Boulder 66
2 N Campion Larimer 66
2 ENE Wiggins Morgan 65
8 SSW Grover Weld 65
2 WSW Gunbarrel Boulder 64
Akron Washington 64
9 N Manila Village Adams 64
3 SW Jefferson Park 64
Beverly Hills Douglas 63
4 WNW Woodlin School Washington 63
Fort Morgan Muni Morgan 62
3 E Denver Adams 62
Mead Weld 62
12 ENE Kiowa Elbert 62
1 WNW Loveland Pass Clear Creek 62
5 S Lyons Boulder 62
1 S Hygiene Boulder 62
Berthoud Pass Clear Creek 62
2 ENE Longmont Boulder 62
8 SE Oea Building Elbert 62
5 NNW Ramah Elbert 61
1 NW Glen Haven Larimer 61
3 NNW Louviers Douglas 60
4 NNW Nunn Weld 60
Centennial Airport Douglas 60
2 E Loveland Heights Larimer 60
1 SW Pleasant View Jefferson 60
4 SSW Keenesburg Weld 60
10 NNE Kremmling Grand 60
Front Range Airport Adams 60
Woodrow Washington 63
4 W Buckley Angb Arapahoe 59
1 SSE Rocky Flats Jefferson 59
7 SSW Rand Jackson 59
3 WSW Fort Lupton Weld 59
3 ENE Parker Douglas 59
1 W Brighton Adams 59
2 S Erie Broomfield 59
2 NW Genesee Jefferson 58
Holyoke Airport Phillips 58
Floyd Hill Clear Creek 58
2 NW Harmony Larimer 58
6 ESE Byers Arapahoe 58
Hugo Lincoln 58
3 E Elizabeth Elbert 58
Agate Elbert 58
Kassler Douglas 58
2 NE Thornton Adams 58
Wilkerson Pass Park 57
7 S Shamrock Adams 57
1 SE Julesburg Sedgwick 57
1 WSW Buckley Angb Arapahoe 57
2 SSW Boulder Boulder 57
3 E Mountain View Denver 57
2 SSE Keenesburg Weld 57
3 NNW Lochbuie Weld 57
Chatfield Reservoir Jefferson 57
2 E Edgewater Denver 57
Berthoud Pass Grand 56
2 WSW Wattenburg Weld 56
Grandview Estates Douglas 56
2 WNW Erie Boulder 56
5 W Elbert Elbert 56
2 E Welty Weld 56
4 E Gold Hill Boulder 56
Lochbuie Weld 55
2 SE Boulder Boulder 55
2 NW Ken Caryl Jefferson 55
2 WSW Coronado Jefferson 55
3 NNW Henderson Adams 55