Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
image Stansbury’s assistant softball coach Lynn Allie holds on to his hat during the intense wind storm that kicked up dirt across Tooele County before a cold front arrived Tuesday afternoon.

April 24, 2014
Winds battered county

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.  

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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