A windy Wednesday in the United States
(KTEN) – A strong upper level low located in the middle of the United States brought high winds to numerous states Wednesday.
In Texoma, wind gusts ranged from 30 mph to over 50 mph.
Some of the highest wind gusts were in the I-35 corridor with gusts of 47 mph measured in Ardmore and Healdton.
Gusts reached 39 mph in both Atoka and Durant. The lightest gusts occurred in McCurtain county with Broken Bow measuring a gust of 25 mph.
The strongest gust in the entire state of Oklahoma occurred in the panhandle. Goodwell measured a gust of 79 mph, the equivalent to wind speeds of a category 1 hurricane.
The high winds were not just in the Sooner and Lone Star states. Watches and warnings for the strong winds extended across the central United States.
High wind warnings were issued for portions of Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Missouri.
Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas were also under wind advisories.
Red flag warnings stretched from western Oklahoma to the Texas panhandle and into southeastern New Mexico.
The high winds picked up dust from the dry grounds in Colorado, Kansas, and the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.
The dust was visible on satellite from Pueblo to Dodge City down to Guymon and Amarillo.
The dust storm reduced visibility and air quality.
A cold front is expected to move through Oklahoma into Thursday morning which will likely bring the dust lifted from Wednesday’s winds into Texoma.
It is possible that skies will be hazy and air quality will be reduced as Thursday morning's front moves through.