Looking Back At 2016

Top Weather Stories of 2016 in the Sauk Valley
#3 – High Wind Event – February 19, 2016

Friday February 19, 2016

On this day a remarkably strong area of low pressure was quickly moving due east across portions of southern Minnesota and Wisconsin into Michigan. Due the strong nature of the low, the fast movement, and unusually strong winds plated just above the surface, coupled with deep mixing due to clear skies, winds at the surface reached in upwards of 50 MPH at times causing minor damage across the area.

The Whiteside County Airport measured a wind gust of 55 MPH at 1:55PM that afternoon with the quad cities airport measuring a wind gust of 62 MPH. These values are typically associated with strong thunderstorm complexes that traverse the area during the warmer months, however the right combination of pressure, wind fields, and thermodynamics came together to produce this unusually damaging wind day.

 

Here is a full list of wind gust reports from around the region courtesy of the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities.

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
737 PM CST FRI FEB 19 2016

...PEAK WIND GUST REPORTS OVER 40 MPH OVER THE PAST 12 HOURS...

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.


LOCATION                     SPEED     TIME/DATE       LAT/LON              
1 WSW RAPIDS CITY            64 MPH    0255 PM 02/19   41.58N/90.36W        
IOWA CITY ARPT               63 MPH    1223 PM 02/19   41.64N/91.55W        
DAVENPORT ARPT               62 MPH    1259 PM 02/19   41.61N/90.59W        
2 NW MOLINE                  62 MPH    1210 PM 02/19   41.52N/90.51W        
QUAD CITY INTL ARPT          62 MPH    1258 PM 02/19   41.45N/90.51W        
1 W RIVERDALE                61 MPH    0133 PM 02/19   41.53N/90.50W        
2 WNW PALISADES STATE PARK   61 MPH    0110 PM 02/19   41.93N/91.55W        
CEDAR RAPIDS ARPT            59 MPH *  0135 PM 02/19   41.88N/91.71W        
INDEPENDENCE ARPT            60 MPH    1115 AM 02/19   42.45N/91.95W        
1 WSW MONMOUTH               60 MPH    1240 PM 02/19   40.90N/90.66W        
1 NNE OLIN                   59 MPH    0125 PM 02/19   42.02N/91.13W        
MUSCATINE ARPT               59 MPH    0255 PM 02/19   41.37N/91.15W        
2 W LIME CITY                59 MPH    0220 PM 02/19   41.65N/91.13W        
DUBUQUE ARPT                 57 MPH *  1020 AM 02/19   42.40N/90.71W        
MONTICELLO ARPT              58 MPH    0155 PM 02/19   42.22N/91.16W        
4 SE MAYSVILLE               58 MPH    0110 PM 02/19   41.60N/90.68W        
2 W UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS       57 MPH    1220 PM 02/19   41.66N/91.60W        
CLINTON ARPT                 56 MPH    1216 PM 02/19   41.83N/90.33W        
2 ESE HIAWATHA               56 MPH    0152 PM 02/19   42.03N/91.64W        
2 NE SHEFFIELD               56 MPH    0210 PM 02/19   41.39N/89.70W        
2 NE FREEPORT                56 MPH    1055 AM 02/19   42.32N/89.61W        
WASHINGTON ARPT              55 MPH    1215 PM 02/19   41.28N/91.67W        
STERLING/ROCK FALLS ARPT     55 MPH    0155 PM 02/19   41.74N/89.67W        
1 WNW ELDRIDGE               53 MPH    0145 PM 02/19   41.65N/90.59W        
FREEPORT ARPT                52 MPH    0135 PM 02/19   42.25N/89.58W        
1 W MAQUOKETA                52 MPH    0101 PM 02/19   42.07N/90.68W        
1 NNE NORTH LIBERTY          51 MPH    1228 PM 02/19   41.77N/91.60W        
EAST CLINTON                 51 MPH    0156 PM 02/19   41.84N/90.18W        
MACOMB ARPT                  51 MPH    1155 AM 02/19   40.52N/90.65W        
1 W DEWITT                   50 MPH    1123 AM 02/19   41.83N/90.57W        
1 E BRANDON                  50 MPH    0201 PM 02/19   42.31N/91.98W        
1 E HIAWATHA                 49 MPH    1241 PM 02/19   42.05N/91.65W        
2 SSE OSBORN                 48 MPH    0721 PM 02/19   41.49N/90.25W        
VINTON                       48 MPH    1045 AM 02/19   42.15N/92.03W        
FAIRFIELD ARPT               48 MPH    1155 AM 02/19   41.05N/91.98W        
MOUNT PLEASANT ARPT          48 MPH    1215 PM 02/19   40.95N/91.51W        
3 SSW CEDAR RAPIDS           48 MPH    0220 PM 02/19   41.93N/91.68W        
1 WNW CENTER GROVE           48 MPH    1254 PM 02/19   42.49N/90.73W        
1 SSE MANCHESTER             48 MPH    0921 AM 02/19   42.47N/91.45W        
SAVANNA ARPT                 48 MPH    0235 PM 02/19   42.05N/90.11W        
KEWANEE MUNICIPAL            47 MPH    0209 PM 02/19   41.20N/89.96W        
1 NE DELTA                   47 MPH    1200 PM 02/19   41.34N/92.31W        
VINTON ARPT                  47 MPH    0135 PM 02/19   42.23N/92.03W        
URBANA                       46 MPH    1259 PM 02/19   42.22N/91.88W        
BURLINGTON ARPT              46 MPH    1037 AM 02/19   40.78N/91.13W        
GALENA TERRITORY             46 MPH    1239 PM 02/19   42.41N/90.35W        
1 E DUBUQUE                  46 MPH    0956 AM 02/19   42.51N/90.67W        
1 SW COLMAR                  46 MPH    1240 PM 02/19   40.34N/90.90W        
HAMILTON                     46 MPH    0225 PM 02/19   40.39N/91.37W        
KEOKUK ARPT                  45 MPH    1055 AM 02/19   40.46N/91.43W        
NEW BOSTON L/D 17            45 MPH    0330 PM 02/19   41.18N/91.05W        
1 ENE MARION                 44 MPH    0117 PM 02/19   42.05N/91.57W        
1 NNE CANTRIL                44 MPH    0930 AM 02/19   40.66N/92.06W        
UNIONVILLE                   43 MPH    1225 PM 02/19   41.82N/89.98W        
2 ESE SCIOTO MILLS           43 MPH    0143 PM 02/19   42.33N/89.63W        
FORT MADISON ARPT            43 MPH    0835 AM 02/19   40.66N/91.33W        
1 N WILLIAMSBURG             43 MPH    1210 PM 02/19   41.69N/92.01W        
JULIEN                       42 MPH    1142 AM 02/19   42.48N/90.78W        
STRONGHURST                  41 MPH    1128 AM 02/19   40.74N/90.91W        
EAST DUBUQUE                 40 MPH    0225 PM 02/19   42.49N/90.63W        


* = CORRECTED

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
300 PM CST FRI FEB 19 2016

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0949 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST DUBUQUE REGIONAL AIRPOR 42.40N 90.72W 
02/19/2016  M58.00 MPH       DUBUQUE            IA   ASOS            

1055 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 2 NE FREEPORT           42.31N 89.61W 
02/19/2016  M56.00 MPH       STEPHENSON         IL   MESONET         

            REPORT FROM MESOWEST WEBSITE

1058 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 1 ESE NORA              42.46N 89.93W 
02/19/2016  M62.00 MPH       JO DAVIESS         IL   TRAINED SPOTTER 

1107 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST VINTON                  42.16N 92.03W 
02/19/2016  M51.00 MPH       BENTON             IA   MESONET         

            VINTON-SHELLSBURG HIGH SCHOOL MESONET

1115 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST INDEPENDENCE            42.47N 91.89W 
02/19/2016  M60.00 MPH       BUCHANAN           IA   ASOS            

1155 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST MACOMB MUNICIPAL AIRPOR 40.52N 90.65W 
02/19/2016  M51.00 MPH       MCDONOUGH          IL   AWOS            

1204 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 3 NNW ELY               41.92N 91.61W 
02/19/2016  M61.00 MPH       LINN               IA   MESONET         

            STATION ID E3891

1210 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 2 NW MOLINE             41.51N 90.52W 
02/19/2016  M62.00 MPH       ROCK ISLAND        IL   DEPT OF HIGHWAYS

            STATION ID IA061

1215 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG DAVENPORT               41.56N 90.60W 
02/19/2016                   SCOTT              IA   NWS EMPLOYEE    

            PARKING LOT LIGHT POLE BLOWN OVER AND DAMAGED PARKED 
            VEHICLE

1215 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST WASHINGTON AIRPORT      41.28N 91.67W 
02/19/2016  M55.00 MPH       WASHINGTON         IA   AWOS            

1216 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST NE CLINTON MUNICIPAL AI 41.83N 90.33W 
02/19/2016  M56.00 MPH       CLINTON            IA   ASOS            

1220 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 2 W UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS  41.65N 91.60W 
02/19/2016  M57.00 MPH       JOHNSON            IA   DEPT OF HIGHWAYS

            IOWA DOT...STATION ID RIAI4

1223 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST IOWA CITY MUNICIPAL AIR 41.63N 91.55W 
02/19/2016  M63.00 MPH       JOHNSON            IA   ASOS            

1225 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 2 NE SHEFFIELD          41.38N 89.71W 
02/19/2016  M56.00 MPH       BUREAU             IL   DEPT OF HIGHWAYS

            ILLINOIS DOT...STATION ID IL016

1235 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST MUSCATINE MUNICIPAL AIR 41.42N 91.07W 
02/19/2016  M55.00 MPH       MUSCATINE          IA   AWOS            

1240 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST AINSWORTH               41.29N 91.55W 
02/19/2016  M56.00 MPH       WASHINGTON         IA   PUBLIC          

            MEASURED ON HAND HELD ANEMOMETER. ROOFING MATERIAL ON 
            OUTBUILDINGS BEGINNING TO FLAP. 

1240 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 1 WSW MONMOUTH          40.91N 90.66W 
02/19/2016  M60.00 MPH       WARREN             IL   DEPT OF HIGHWAYS

            ILLINOIS DOT...STATION ID IL020

1258 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST MOLINE QUAD-CITY AIRPOR 41.45N 90.50W 
02/19/2016  M62.00 MPH       ROCK ISLAND        IL   ASOS            

1259 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST DAVENPORT MUNICIPAL AIR 41.62N 90.58W 
02/19/2016  M62.00 MPH       SCOTT              IA   ASOS            

0110 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 4 SE MAYSVILLE          41.61N 90.66W 
02/19/2016  M58.00 MPH       SCOTT              IA   DEPT OF HIGHWAYS

            IOWA DOT...STATION ID RDVI4

0110 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 1 WSW RAPIDS CITY       41.58N 90.36W 
02/19/2016  M63.00 MPH       ROCK ISLAND        IL   DEPT OF HIGHWAYS

            ILLINOIS DOT...STATION ID IL018

0110 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 2 WNW PALISADES-KEPLER  41.93N 91.55W 
02/19/2016  M61.00 MPH       LINN               IA   DEPT OF HIGHWAYS

            IOWA DOT...STATION ID RCRI4

0125 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 1 NNE OLIN              42.01N 91.13W 
02/19/2016  M59.00 MPH       JONES              IA   MESONET         

            STATION ID D2485

0130 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG PARK VIEW               41.69N 90.54W 
02/19/2016                   SCOTT              IA   NWS EMPLOYEE    

            SEMI BLOWN OVER ON HIGHWAY 61 NEAR PARKVIEW BLOCKING 
            TRAFFIC...TIME IS ESTIMATED

0135 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST CEDAR RAPIDS MUNICIPAL  41.88N 91.72W 
02/19/2016  M60.00 MPH       LINN               IA   ASOS            

0155 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST STERLING                41.80N 89.69W 
02/19/2016  M55.00 MPH       WHITESIDE          IL   AWOS            

            STERLING/ROCK FALLS AIRPORT

0155 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 1 WNW ELDRIDGE          41.64N 90.59W 
02/19/2016  M53.00 MPH       SCOTT              IA   MESONET         

            STATION ID D9509

0155 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST MONTICELLO MUNICIPAL AI 42.23N 91.17W 
02/19/2016  M58.00 MPH       JONES              IA   AWOS            

0200 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG MOLINE                  41.49N 90.49W 
02/19/2016                   ROCK ISLAND        IL   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            TREES AND POWERLINES DOWN...3800 BLOCK OF RIVER 
            DRIVE...ROAD IS CLOSED...TIME IS APPROXIMATE