On Wednesday evening the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network station at Goodwell recorded a gust of 60 mph at 6:55 and an hour later a gust of 62 mph. However, the strongest gust recorded Wednesday at a Mesonet site was 63 mph at Weatherford at 10:20 p.m.
The station at Cheyenne had a wind gust of 61 mph at 11 p.m. Wednesday and the station at Medicine Park had a gust of the same speed at 1:25 a.m. Thursday.
The strongest wind gusts at a Mesonet station in Oklahoma County came at the Oklahoma City North location, near Wilshire and the Broadway Extension, with readings of 50 mph at 12:25 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
” I wouldn’t say winds like this are rare, but thankfully, they’re not really that common, either ,” said Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office. “As storm systems develop, intensify and move close to Oklahoma, it’s not unusual to get strong winds. The system that’s responsible for the strong winds we’ve been experiencing is also bringing severe weather to the southeast, and snow to the Great Lakes and upper midwest. It’s a big powerful storm system .”
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