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Wyoming, Absaroka Mountains

High Wind Watch

Statement as of 2:21 PM MDT on October 24, 2014

Expires 11:00 AM EDT on October 26, 2014


... High wind watch in effect from late Saturday night through
Sunday morning...

The National Weather Service in Riverton has issued a high wind
watch... which is in effect from late Saturday night through
Sunday morning.

* Summary and timing... winds will be on the increase through the
night Saturday night and may become very strong to potentially
damaging after midnight. Winds will likely peak near or just
before sunrise Sunday.

* Wind... west 40 to 50 mph with gusts of 70 to 80 mph possible.

* Impacts... travellers over the chief Joseph Highway and other
heading into the Absaroka Mountains should be prepared for very
strong to dangerous west winds Saturday night and Sunday
morning. These winds could be strong enough to blow over high
profile or lightweight vehicles. Hunters should also use caution
as these very strong winds could cause some weaker trees to
topple over. Use caution and stay tuned for the latest forecast
on this potential high wind situation.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Remember... a high wind watch means conditions are favorable for a
hazardous high wind event in and close to the watch area.

The latest Road conditions provided by the Wyoming Department of
Transportation are available by calling 5-1-1 or on the internet
at wyoroad.Info.





Public Information Statement

Statement as of 6:04 PM MDT on October 24, 2014



... Strongest winds for Thursday and Friday...

Hurricane like wind speeds observed in the Absaroka Mountains
Thursday night. The sensor at Dead Indian Pass along chief Joseph
Highway measured an 81 mph wind gust at 1240 am last night. Below
are peak winds at or greater than 35 mph for Thursday and Friday.

Location speed time/date

... Fremont County...
7 SW Muddy Gap (7380 ft) 53 mph 0550 am 10/23
10 W Fort Washakie (9235 ft) 47 mph 0101 PM 10/23
10 N DuBois (8085 ft) 44 mph 0257 PM 10/24
Red Canyon (6768 ft) 43 mph 0755 am 10/23
Beaver Rim (6784 ft) 40 mph 1216 PM 10/23
2 W South Pass City (8185 ft) 40 mph 1131 PM 10/23
DuBois (6980 ft) 40 mph 0227 PM 10/24
Crowheart (6099 ft) 39 mph 0239 PM 10/24
N Wind River mts (8833 ft) 39 mph 0310 PM 10/24
South Pass (8491 ft) 38 mph 1155 PM 10/23
10 W DuBois (8432 ft) 37 mph 0123 PM 10/24
8 W South Pass City (8120 ft) 35 mph 0350 PM 10/23

... Hot Springs County...
1 WSW Thermopolis (4426 ft) 47 mph 0310 PM 10/23

... Johnson County...
12 N Kaycee (5287 ft) 35 mph 0246 PM 10/23

... Natrona County...
16 S Hiland (6380 ft) 51 mph 0410 PM 10/23
Casper outer drive 46 mph 0951 am 10/24
Casper Airport (5320 ft) 40 mph 0344 PM 10/23
8 S Casper (7740 ft) 40 mph 0352 PM 10/24
7 W Alcova (6342 ft) 39 mph 0235 PM 10/23
2 se Hiland (6134 ft) 37 mph 0330 PM 10/23
19 N Casper (5677 ft) 35 mph 0310 PM 10/23
1 E Casper (5334 ft) 35 mph 0345 PM 10/23

... Park County...
chief Joseph Hwy (8136 ft) 81 mph 1240 am 10/24
10 WNW Cody (8401 ft) 57 mph 1140 am 10/23
3 E Pahaska (7500 ft) 56 mph 1257 PM 10/23
Powell Airport AWOS (5050 ft) 48 mph 0315 am 10/24
chief Joseph Hwy mile 9 48 mph 1212 am 10/24
5 WNW Clark (4659 ft) 45 mph 1213 PM 10/23
1 W Clark (4270 ft) 44 mph 0754 am 10/23
3 W Powell (4505 ft) 40 mph 0619 am 10/24
12 se Pahaska (9780 ft) 38 mph 0900 am 10/23
8 S Clark (4710 ft) 37 mph 0230 PM 10/23

... Sublette County...
21 W Big Piney (8200 ft) 35 mph 0309 PM 10/24

... Sweetwater County...
Farson (6594 ft) 35 mph 0325 PM 10/23

... Yellowstone National Park...
Hoyt Peak (9799 ft) 66 mph 0200 am 10/24

Observations are collected from a variety of sources with varying
equipment and exposure. Not all data listed are considered official.


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