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Postby llholmes1948 » Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:00 pm

I understand that yesterday's Eastbound Empire Builder was delayed for a couple of hours near the park yesterday because of predicted wind gusts of 85-90 mph. Would have been quite a day at Dawson Pass or Siyeh Pass.
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Re: Strong winds

Postby mikie » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:10 pm

This morning CNN was viewing tractor trailers blown over by Browning.
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Re: Strong winds

Postby daveparker » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:15 pm

We drove to OR yesterday, during those winds, believe me it was a wild one!
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Re: Strong winds

Postby Selkie » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:24 pm

daveparker wrote:We drove to OR yesterday, during those winds, believe me it was a wild one!

Was that a vortex, too? (No TV weather-news, so pardon my total ignorance.)
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Re: Strong winds

Postby Ear Mountain » Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:05 pm

Selkie wrote:
daveparker wrote:We drove to OR yesterday, during those winds, believe me it was a wild one!

Was that a vortex, too? (No TV weather-news, so pardon my total ignorance.)

There's a big west coast storm bringing strong winds from the west. They're called Chinook Winds when the come over the divide. The air is forced over the divide and is compressed at it descends to lower elevations. So the air is naturally warmed by that compression. 50 degrees on the Front Yesterday and very high winds. Most is forecast for Monday.
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Re: Strong winds

Postby scott-atl » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:51 am

my neighbor says it blew 115 in babb and 119 at logan pass. i'll need to get someone to ck my cabin. several years a go a big wind sucked the metal roof off a leeward portion of my roof. guess the wind created a vacuum in that spot.
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Re: Strong winds

Postby Ear Mountain » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:54 am

scott-atl wrote:my neighbor says it blew 115 in babb and 119 at logan pass. i'll need to get someone to ck my cabin. several years a go a big wind sucked the metal roof off a leeward portion of my roof. guess the wind created a vacuum in that spot.

Winds to and above 80-100 mph were reported all along the Rocky Mountain Front yesterday. Power lines were down and other damage was reported. If your cabin is susceptible to wind damage I would definitely have someone check it for you.
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Re: Strong winds

Postby scott-atl » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:30 am

the insignificant roof damage is the only problem we've had over the years amazingly. cabin is on a hill facing swest and completely boarded up. one of the window boards blew off once. found remnants of it about 400 yards away. and folks ask why we don't use it in the winter.
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Re: Strong winds

Postby distressbark » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:09 am

This would explain the scene on the St. Mary webcam on Sunday...

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Re: Strong winds

Postby scott-atl » Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:15 am

great pic. illustrates why there is rarely any deep snow on the eastside.
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Re: Strong winds

Postby Ear Mountain » Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:37 am

scott-atl wrote:great pic. illustrates why there is rarely any deep snow on the eastside.

Yep, it's all in North Dakota!

More winds today (Wednesday). My weather station is reminding me to hold onto my hat.
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Re: Strong winds

Postby tibber » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:45 am

In 1991 I think it was, during Thanksgiving we drove over to Two Medicine Lake from Cut Bank. The wind was blowing 80 MPH they said but my dad, a native Montanan paid it no mind as the wind moved the trunk area of the Lincoln Continental with 4 passengers up and down where we had stopped. I think I have pics from that day; I'll never forget it.
Another time I was driving back from college and as you hit that turn out of E Glacier at the top of the hill, my little Pinto got pulled into the snow ruts that I was trying to stay above... needless to say I couldn't go any further and when I went to get out of the car, the wind loosened my car door almost off its hinge. SHEESH the wind is brutal when it comes over those mountains.

These winds the last couple days sound so powerful; especially when they consistently blow rather than just gust. Hard to imagine really!
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Re: Strong winds

Postby southernguy » Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:19 pm

No wind on the west side this morning. Gorgeous

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Re: Strong winds

Postby llholmes1948 » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:28 pm

Link to an article in the Glacier Reporter on the winds:

http://www.cutbankpioneerpress.com/arti ... 095033.txt
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Re: Strong winds

Postby scott-atl » Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:00 am

neighbor says all good at the cabin. although my neighbors metal horse trough was blown down the hiil from inside a corral.
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