During a two-day windstorm, the strongest gust of wind recorded in North Platte was 67 miles an hour.

That gust was notched at 1:53 p.m. Monday at the North Platte Regional Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

Despite record high winds Monday-Tuesday, no passenger flights were cancelled at the airport.

Airport Manager Mike Sharkey said some flights were delayed an hour or two, mostly due to a backlog at Denver International Airport.

In North Platte, gusts of 50 mph or higher were common between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday – the worst time period in the two-day storm, the weather service said.

For 34 hours — from Monday morning through Tuesday evening — the steady wind speed in North Platte was at least 25 mph, according to NWS measurements.

Sharkey said wind sheer over the Rocky Mountains was the primary factor in the strain on the capacity of Denver International Airport.

Nearly 100 flights were delayed Monday at DIA by an average of 90 minutes, with another 65 flights cancelled entirely, Channel 4 CBS Denver reported. The Denver Post reported even higher totals.


Flying well

Sharkey said the new SkyWest passenger airline service to and from North Platte is going well, carrying the most passengers in its first month of operation of any month in the last two years.

“We are getting good feedback from passengers about the quality of the flights and reasonable prices,” he said.