By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Just a bit windy

High-speed winds blast northwest Iowa


April 21, 2022


It wasn't fog making visibility difficult around Hartley on April 14. Dirt and dust blasted by 50 mph wind gusts blocked the horizon in some areas. Here, it conceals a grove northwest of town.

Denizens of northwest Iowa were advised to keep their mouths closed and eyes shut tight April 14 due to high-speed winds that ripped through the region.

Dirt and dust in the air made the sky hazy throughout the day as steady wind gusts of 50 mph or greater blew through. According to the National Weather Service's Sioux Falls bureau, the Spencer airport reported wind speeds topping out at 60 mph.

Things gradually died down over the next two days, but Sunday presented its own surprise – a snowy Easter.


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