Tuesday’s all-day wind storm blew Tooele County residents away with wind gusts peaking near 60 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.
Sustained wind speeds increased steadily throughout the day, peaking at 44 miles per hour by 5 p.m. The winds prompted the National Weather Service to issue a high wind warning for Tooele County.
The winds picked up dust from the west desert and carried it to the northeast, reducing visibility in the Tooele, Salt Lake, and Utah valleys and causing social media users in those areas to dub the storm the “dustpocalypse.”
A temperature drop of 13 degrees over five minutes marked the front’s arrival just before 6 p.m. that afternoon.
However, the fitful front followed up the blustery conditions with a less spectacular rain storm. Rain gauges collected just .07 inches of precipitation.
Early precipitation that afternoon mixed with dust in the air to produce a muddy rain that bespeckled cars across the affected area.
Tooele County Dispatch did not receive any reports of wind damage.