High Winds Blast Eastern Colorado – Wind Gust Reports April 17, 2018

A major downslope wind event occurred across Eastern Colorado on Tuesday April 17 as a fast-moving trough of low pressure and Pacific cold front moved across the state.  Wind gusts exceeded hurricane force in many areas of Eastern Colorado, and the extremely dry conditions also resulted in numerous wildfires breaking out across Eastern Colorado, including in Douglas and El Paso Counties.  Most of the wildfires are under control now, but the high winds did cause power outages and damage to structures across many areas.  Below are some of the reported wind gusts across the region per NWS storm reports.  Several areas in Boulder and Northern Jefferson County recorded gusts in excess of 80mph.  And even Denver International Airport recorded a gust of 70mph!  This was not a localized wind event either, as high winds were widespread across the Front Range and eastern plains of Colorado.

Maximum Wind Gusts – April 17, 2018:

  • Louisville – 89 mph
  • Broomfield/Jeffco Airport – 86 mph
  • Wolf Creek Pass – 85 mph
  • Superior – 84 mph
  • Rocky Flats – 83 mph
  • Holyoke – 81 mph
  • Loveland – 80 mph
  • La Veta Pass – 79 mph
  • Akron – 78 mph
  • La Junta – 77 mph
  • Cheesman Reservoir – 74 mph
  • Colorado City – 73 mph
  • Longmont – 72 mph
  • Pikes Peak Summit – 72 mph
  • Denver – 71 mph
  • DIA – 70 mph
  • Colorado Springs – 69 mph
  • Pueblo – 69 mph
  • Limon – 69 mph
  • Boulder – 68 mph
  • Alamosa – 68 mph
  • Canon City – 67 mph
  • Berthoud Pass – 62 mph

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