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National Weather Service: Wind gust during blizzard at COS airport set all-time record

Posted at 12:38 PM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 14:42:21-04


PUEBLO – The National Weather Service tweeted Thursday night that last week’s bomb cyclone blizzard set multiple weather records around southern Colorado.

NWS Pueblo tweeted it received word from the Colorado State Climate Center that the 96 mph wind gust recorded at the Colorado Springs Airport was the strongest ever at the location.

Wind gust records at the airport date back to 1973. The previous record was 78 mph, which was set once in 1999 and again in 2017.

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The National Weather Service is still waiting for confirmation from the climate center that the low pressure reading of 970.4 mb in Lamar was the lowest ever recorded outside of a tornado in Colorado.  However, meteorologists say they expect that figure to stand as the new record.

The NWS is also expecting to learn if a wind gust of 88 mph at the La Junta Airport and low pressure readings in La Junta (971.2 mb) and in Pueblo (974.2 mb) set the all-time records for those locations.

For reference, those low pressure readings are routine with a category 2 hurricane.