This image of storm clouds and a lightning bolt was captured from a vantage point on the west side of Ocean Lake on Saturday night. (Photo by Andrea Caproni)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Before the weekend thunderstorms brought lightning, strong winds and and a bit of rain, the weather was hot for this new month of September. In fact, it was record hot.
On Thursday, Lander set a new all-time high temperature for the date at 95°F, surpassing the previous record of 92°F set in 1978. Riverton also set a record high for the date, with a reading of 94°F. Riverton’s former all time high on Sept. 5th was 88°F set in 2000. (Note: Records for Riverton only go back to 1995)
The Lander area received .16 inches of rain on Saturday at the airport and .24 inches downtown, while the top wind gust his 66 mph. The highest sustained wind in Lander was 54 mph.
Riverton’s precipitation total for Saturday was .04 inches at the airport, and .06 inches downtown, while the highest wind gust was 43 mph and the highest sustained wind was measured at 32 mph.
Tree limbs and branches came down in both cities due to the strong winds, but other damage was not immediately reported.