More on the monster storm of July 22nd..
Winds were said to have reached 70 – 80 MPH in much of the KC Metro. Lets have a look at some surface data:
Downtown Kansas City Airport reported at 10:14 PM winds from the WSW at 37 gusting to 61 MPH. Winds only gradually subsided over the next half hour.
New Century Airport in Olathe, on the southwest edge of the metro, or about 25 miles east-southeast of Lawrence, had a sustained period of winds gusting from 45 to 50 MPH from 9:16 PM until 10:30 PM when winds peaked at 56 MPH. Such a sustained period with winds of this magnitude is remarkable.
The Lawrence Airport reported winds of 37 to 39 MPH from 9:32 PM to 10 PM, though winds remained light throughout the event at our residence. However, the airport is in open country just northeast of town and 6.5 miles to the northeast of our residence, which is located in the southwest part of the city.
At Kansas City International Airport, on the northwest edge of metro KC, winds only briefly gusted to 34 MPH at 10:24 PM. The NWS put a wind velocity map from the doppler radar and a little statement, which I include and annotate below.