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