Remember When History Was Made and Wind Gusts Hit 231 MPH on Mount Washington in NH?
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On April 12, 1934, on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, history was made when the wind on the top of the Northeast's tallest peak hit 231 miles per hour, according to the Mount Washington Observatory.
For 62 years, that 231 mph was the fastest wind ever recorded on planet Earth. Mt. Washington's record was broken in April of 1996 when hurricane Olivia created wind gusts of 254 mph in Australia, the observatory stated.
So, Mt Washington still holds the record for the fastest wind that is not associated with a hurricane or tornado. Pretty cool!
The top of Mt Washington (6288 feet high) is famously known as "Home of the World's Worst Weather."
We saw some gusts hitting 90mph today (Monday, April 12)! Not a bad way to celebrate the anniversary.
Check out the gust in this video. And this was "only" 100 mph winds. In the summer if winds get over 100mph, they can move the concrete pavers that hold down the observation deck!
Can you imagine a wind more than TWICE this windy?
“It’s important to celebrate the anniversary of the world’s fastest surface wind gust, for both science and the Observatory as a non-profit organization,” states Scot Henley, the Observatory’s executive director. “April 12th serves as a reminder of the power of Mount Washington’s elements, and the dedication of Observatory staff to accurately record and document these elements for scientific purposes.”
Kudos to the men and women at the Mt. Washington Observatory. You can get more information and support their teaching of scientific discovery HERE.