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Winter Storm, Flooding and Critical Fire Weather Concerns Today

A winter storm will affect portions of New England through tonight with several inches of snow in the forecast. Meanwhile, the Pacific Northwest will see more heavy rainfall from a series of storms that may bring more flooding and potential landslides. For the western High Plains and southern California, strong winds and dry conditions will keep fire weather threats critical. Read More >

During the evening of Tuesday June 21, a pair of thunderstorm complexes traveled across extreme eastern Washington. What made these thunderstorms so unusually was not the rain or hail they contained, but the fierce winds they produced. The outflow from these high based thunderstorms measured over 60kts from the NWS Doppler weather radar. As the storm traveled over the Columbia Basin and the Palouse, the winds pick up dust, dirt and sand producing a black back drop of the approaching storm.

Here are some top wind reports from that evening...

THE 77 MPH GUST AT THE SPOKANE INTL AIRPORT IS A NEW OFFICIAL MAXIMUM
RECORD GUST. THE OLD RECORD WAS SET IN JANUARY 9 1972 WITH A SPEED
OF 67 MPH.

SPOKANE INTL AIRPORT (ASOS) 77 MPH 623PM
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE-SPOKANE 58 MPH 624PM
ESCURE (RAWS) 61 MPH 820PM
OTIS ORCHARDS (SPOTTER) 66 MPH 825PM
RALSTON (SPOTTER) 30 MPH 443PM
SPOKANE (SPOTTER) 28 MPH 735PM
FISH LAKE (SPOTTER) 50+MPH 645PM
PLAIN (SPOTTER) 30 MPH 500PM
RITZVILLE (SPOTTER) 50 MPH 730PM
FAIRCHILD AFB 56 MPH 526PM
MOSES LAKE (ASOS) 40 MPH 753PM
COEUR D`ALENE (SPOTTER) 40 MPH 730PM

 

Dust cloud approaching NWS Spokane Dust and Wind reach NWS Spokane

The view from the Spokane NWS office of round one of the wind storm, roughly at 630 pm. The Spokane Airport reports winds up to 77 mph.

 

Skies gray from dust Trees and US Flag in wind

The view from the Spokane NWS office of round two of the wind storm, roughly at 830 pm. The Spokane Airport reports winds up to 49 mph.

 

Other damage

Road Sign damage

Large street sign down on Highway 2 (2E Airway Heights)

Large tree limb down 3NE Airway Heights

Tree top snapped off

Large tree top down 4 ENE Airway Heights.

"Nose" of dust storm moving over Spokane

Approaching dust cloud looking northeast at Mt. Spokane (round #2) from 4NE Airway Heights.