A Dusty Drive: Thursday’s wind and storms leave cars covered in dust

Peak wind gusts upwards of 50-70 mph sent West Texas dust into San Antonio Thursday night

Vehicles were covered is dust Friday morning following Thursday's front

Thursday’s cold front brought downright windy conditions to South Central Texas from both the cold front itself and developing thunderstorms, which also went on to produce heavy rain, lightning and pockets of hail.

West Texas dust/wind damage

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Those gusty winds were able to stir up plenty of dust in West Texas Thursday, which then filtered east into South Central Texas after the cold front moved through. That dust then clung to vehicles thanks to the rain and storm activity, making for a dusty morning commute and drive to school on Friday.

High winds also caused power outages in and around the San Antonio area, and damaged a few utility poles, trees and greenhouses/playgrounds.

A storm that swept through the San Antonio area on Thursday night left some damage for residents and business owners. Photos and videos posted on KSAT Connect show toppled trees, playgrounds and utility poles. (KSAT Connect)

A collection of wind-damage photos sent in by KSAT 12 viewers can be found here.

Peak wind gusts

Here is a list of official peak wind gust reports across South Central Texas, which are a mixture of both thunderstorm-related gusts and non-thunderstorm-related gusts, depending on the location:

LocationPeak Wind Gust
San Antonio International Airport58 mph
Stinson Municipal Airport53 mph
Kelly Field60 mph
Randolph Air Force Base52 mph
Del Rio International Airport72 mph
Pleasanton Municipal Airport51 mph
Boerne Stage Field Airport40 mph
Lost Maples44 mph
New Braunfels Regional Airport58 mph
Guadalupe River State Park40 mph
Rocksprings47 mph
Kerrville Municipal Airport39 mph
Gonzales51 mph
Karnes County Airport58 mph
Seguin49 mph
Pearsall40 mph
Eagle Pass63 mph
Hondo Municipal Airport63 mph
Uvalde, Garner Field Airport60 mph
Dimmit County Airport49 mph

Winds are calm Friday afternoon with plenty of sunshine in store this weekend!

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About the Author

Meteorologist Mia Montgomery joined the KSAT Weather Authority Team in September 2022. As a Floresville native, Mia grew up in the San Antonio area and always knew that she wanted to return home. She previously worked as a meteorologist at KBTX in Bryan-College Station and is a fourth-generation Aggie.

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