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Summary | Strongest Winds (Feb5 - Feb7)  | Record Temps for Feb 7th

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An energetic Pacific storm system impacted the Cowboy State Thursday night through Saturday night.  This powerful system resulted in strong to damaging winds at times over much of the area.  The wind did a number on the power lines between Meeteetse and Cody Thursday night, knocking down 18 high voltage transmission lines.  At one point, over 2,100 people were without power.  This was a very warm system for February with many record highs being observed on Saturday, February 7th, as well as the warmest low temperatures ever recorded at many locations for the 7th.  The light precipitation with this system was confined mainly to the west, and was rain generally below 7500 feet.

 

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Lenticular clouds were a common sight as the strong wind zipped across the mountains.

Photo by Kirk Waggoner

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The strong wind in the Cody Foothills knocked down 18 high-voltage transmission lines Thursday Night into Friday Morning. 

Photo by Western Area Power Administration


 

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Peak Wind Gusts from February 5th through February 7th
LOCATION ELEVATION (FT) WIND (MPH) TIME/DATE
5 WNW CLARK 4659 114  1038 PM 2/6
CHIEF JOSEPH HWY 8136 94 905 PM 2/6
HOYT PEAK 9799 91 100 PM 2/7
1 W CLARK 4270 84 1142 AM 2/7
16 S HILAND (Fales Rock) 6380 82 410 PM 2/7
RED CANYON 6768 78 920 AM 2/7
8 N MEETEETSE 5926 77 816 PM 2/5
10 S MEETEETSE (Grass Creek) 7127 76 1142 AM 2/7
10 WNW CODY (Rattlesnake Mtn) 8401 76 640 PM 2/6
SUMMIT - JACKSON RESORT 10318 76 915 AM 2/7
7 NW LANDER 5797 74 931 AM 2/7
6 S TOGWOTEE PASS (Lava Mtn) 10430 72 1255 PM 2/7
Outer Drive - South Casper 5463 71 1006 AM 2/7
1 WNW POWELL 4386 70 959 PM 2/5
12 N KAYCEE 5287 68 626 PM 2/7
10 W FORT WASHAKIE 9235 66 601 PM 2/6
BOYSEN PEAK 7300 66 1135 AM 2/7
7 SW MUDDY GAP 7380 65 850 AM 2/7
13 NNW BUFFALO 4737 65 140 PM 2/7
BEAVER RIM 6784 65 1116 AM 2/7
Park Co. Sheriff Office (west Cody) 5090 64 1023 PM 2/7
POWELL AIRPORT 5050 63 1135 PM 2/6
6 WSW WAPITI 5843 62 1038 PM 2/6
2 SE HILAND 6134 62 300 PM 2/7
4 N MOOSE 6730 60 1258 PM 2/7
5 ESE STORY 4673 60 906 PM 2/5
CASPER AIRPORT 5320 59  121 PM 2/7
LANDER AIRPORT 5586 59 1041 AM 2/7
BUFFALO AIRPORT 4970 58 305 PM 2/7
25 ESE BUFFALO 4657 57 100 PM 2/7
7 W ALCOVA 6342 57 305 PM 2/7
7 SW BARNUM 6440 56 846 PM 2/5
DUBOIS AIRPORT 7260 56 655 PM 2/6
3 W POWELL 4505 55 858 PM 2/5
2 NW MAYOWORTH 5404 55 1015 AM 2/7
CHIEF JOSEPH HWY MILE 9 6640 55 1212 PM 2/5
FARSON 6594 54 110 PM 2/7
19 N  CASPER 5677 53 1030 AM 2/7
10 N DUBOIS (Elkhorn) 8085 53 1057 PM 2/6
JACKSON HOLE AIRPORT 6445 53 422 PM 2/7
CODY AIRPORT 5100 52 735 AM 2/7
ROCK SPRINGS AIRPORT 6760 52 114 PM 2/7
SOUTH PASS 8491 51 215 PM 2/6
2 W SOUTH PASS CITY 8185 50 201 PM 2/6
CROWHEART 6099 50  1241 PM 2/7

 

 

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Location

High Temperature °F
on February 7, 2015
(new records are in red)

Record High °F
for February 7th

 

 Period of Record

Big Piney 52 45 in 2000   1976 - 2015
Buffalo 64 52 in 1999   1998 - 2015
Casper 60 59 in 1963   1939 - 2015
Greybull 58 58 in 1998   1998 - 2015
Lake Yellowstone 40 42 in 2007   1998 - 2015
Lander 58 58 in 1996   1891 - 2015
Riverton 58 59 in 1996   1995 - 2015
Rock Springs 55 50 in 1987   1948 - 2015
Worland 49 59 in 1999   1960 - 2015
         

Location

Low Temperature °F
on February 7, 2015
(new records are in red) 

Record Warmest
Low °F for
February 7th

 

 Period of Record

Big Piney 26 23 in 1999   1976 - 2015
Buffalo 43 31 in 2002   1998 - 2015
Casper 39 38 in 1998   1939 - 2015
Greybull 30 26 in 1999   1998 - 2015
Lake Yellowstone 31 23 in 1999   1998 - 2015
Lander 36 34 in 1899   1891 - 2015
Riverton 34 33 in 1997   1995 - 2015
Rock Springs 34 34 in 1996   1948 - 2015
Worland 27 27 in 1999   1960 - 2015
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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