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#14939 - 13/07/2009 10:36 Highest official wind speed observations, SA
aztech. Offline
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Registered: 05/11/2008
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Loc: Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula
Im quite intrigued as to what the highest official wind speeds ever recorded in South Australia, not being affected by tropical cyclones only really gives winter cold fronts and the odd thunderstorm outflow a real chance for extreme winds.
A few days ago a short lived cold-air tornado touched down in the southern suburbs of Adelaide with estimated wind speeds of up to 150km/h, now this was an exceptional event that has been said only occurs between 3-5 times per year and I have not found any official observations that come close to that in the state of SA.
so if anyone out there knows any official winds in SA over 100km/h post them here.
I found a 133 km/h at Sellicks Hill, in May 2002, but cant seem to find the highest if it is more than this

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#14940 - 13/07/2009 11:48 Re: Highest official wind speed observations, SA
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Maximum gust wind readings are hard to come by on the BOM site, i'm not sure if there's anywhere else that keeps these records? I'd go out on a limb and say that either Cape Willoughby, or Neptune Island would be pretty good contenders for high wind records.

EDIT:I see that the Adelaide West Terrace site had a 148km/h gust 45 years ago to the day on 13/07/64!
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#14941 - 13/07/2009 11:55 Re: Highest official wind speed observations, SA
aztech. Offline
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Loc: Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula
yeah CS I trawled through quite a few monthly significant weather summaries to come up with the Sellicks hill reading, still looking in my spare time, Im sure there has to be a better way of looking for wind records

edit: whoa!! 148!!

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#14942 - 13/07/2009 17:02 Re: Highest official wind speed observations, SA
Blair Trewin Offline
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Loc: Melbourne, Australia
The SA record is 167 km/h at Woomera on 14 November 1979. While I haven't checked I presume this was a thunderstorm.

Finding wind gusts is a bit messy because a lot of the AWSs didn't feed daily maximum wind gusts into the database until quite recently, and the hourly/half-hourly gusts are full of dodgy observations. The following SA sites have recorded gusts of 120 km/h or more (this may reflect data availability rather than winds):

Woomera (max 167)
Leigh Creek (149)
Oodnadatta (141)
Marree (128)
Ceduna (158)
Neptune Island (122)
Cleve (124)
Coles Point (152)
Port Augusta (130)
Cape Willoughby (137)
Adelaide (WT) (148)
Parafield (141)
Penfield (145)
Adelaide AP (135)
Edinburgh (152)
Mount Gambier (143)

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#14943 - 13/07/2009 17:07 Re: Highest official wind speed observations, SA
aztech. Offline
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Registered: 05/11/2008
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Loc: Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula
awesome Blair, thankyou wink

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#1478055 - 01/12/2018 22:12 Re: Highest official wind speed observations, SA [Re: aztech.]
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Registered: 19/12/2013
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Loc: Uleybury
Many years later and a few to be updated

Neptune Island 139km/h (July 12, 2016)
Mount Crawford 135km/h (May 5 2015)
Ernabella/Pukatja 128km/h (Nov 30 2018, yet to appear)

Snowtown racks 3rd spot now with 156km/h on December 1 2018 due to a supercell thunderstorm that moved over the town

Should note Port Augustaís gust was recorded at the Power Station before the station moved to the Aerodome but doesnít make the list as itís only 106km/h

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