Unusually high winds swept across the San Gabriel valley in California on March 21 and much of Utah on March 20. The Utah winds were hurricane force, clocked at over 70 miles an hour, with gusts into the eighties. In California, they reached 79 miles an hour. Bill Adler of the National Weather Service in Utah described the windstorm as “one of the most significant we’ve ever had.” There was only one injury reported. Columbia, Utah resident Arvetta Satterfield said, “I’ve lived here for 53 years and I’ve never seen anything like this.” Extremely high winds have in recent years become a feature of life in the western US, as changing conditions in the Pacific spawn powerful storms in areas that are usually quiet.

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