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A windy day, including a gust of 54 mph at Freedom at 3:40 a.m.... Very High to Extreme Wildfire Danger

by Bryan Painter Published: March 27, 2014
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How windy has it been so far today?

Just in the last hour as of 8:36 a.m., the Oklahoma Mesonet had recorded 11 wind gusts of 40 mph or higher. This included seven locations – Fairview, Hinton, Goodwell, Eufaula, Lahoma, Red Rock, Newkirk. Four of those had two readings.

If you, look at the last six hours, there are several readings of 50 mph or higher:

 

As of 8:36 am CDT, Mar 27, 2014, there have been 11 Wind Gusts of 50 mph or more in the last 6 hours.
Station
Wind Gusts
Date Time
Date Time
Alva
50 mph
Mar 27 2:35 AM CDT
Mar 27 02:35 CDT
Alva
50 mph
Mar 27 2:50 AM CDT
Mar 27 02:50 CDT
Alva
51 mph
Mar 27 3:00 AM CDT
Mar 27 03:00 CDT
Freedom
50 mph
Mar 27 3:05 AM CDT
Mar 27 03:05 CDT
Cherokee
51 mph
Mar 27 3:25 AM CDT
Mar 27 03:25 CDT
Cherokee
51 mph
Mar 27 3:30 AM CDT
Mar 27 03:30 CDT
Cherokee
50 mph
Mar 27 3:40 AM CDT
Mar 27 03:40 CDT
Freedom
54 mph
Mar 27 3:40 AM CDT
Mar 27 03:40 CDT
Freedom
50 mph
Mar 27 4:00 AM CDT
Mar 27 04:00 CDT
Freedom
51 mph
Mar 27 4:10 AM CDT
Mar 27 04:10 CDT
Freedom
51 mph
Mar 27 4:30 AM CDT

From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office:

“A dryline will bring very warm, windy and dry conditions to western Oklahoma as well as western north Texas.

“This will generate very high to extreme fire danger late this morning through the afternoon.

“Southwest winds will shift to northerly behind a cold front late in the day.”

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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