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Wed Feb 27, 2019, 12:54 AM

Northeast's highest mountain records wind gust of 171 mph

Source: Associated Press

Northeast’s highest mountain records wind gust of 171 mph

February 26, 2019

MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. (AP) — Meteorologists say a wind gust atop the Northeast’s highest mountain hit 171 mph (275 kph), setting a record for the month on a peak known for its extreme weather.

The gust Monday on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington beat the previous February wind record of 166 mph (267 kph) set in 1972. It was also the strongest wind recorded there in any month since 1985.

Staff members at the Mount Washington Observatory say the building rumbled and windows flexed from pressure changes as they gathered around equipment charting the gusts.

A 231-mph (371-kph) gust on the 6,288-foot (1,916-meter) mountain in 1934 remains the highest wind speed ever observed by man.

https://apnews.com/eb583743eb3f4c9a8428e6a9af57cfc6

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Eugene Feb 2019 OP
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 01:08 AM

1. Holy Moley!

That's a mighty stout breeze!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 02:16 AM

2. I climbed Mt Washington..summertime

First is the hike up a steep slope, at which time I lost my breath..

I was encouraged to keep on...got my pace and continued...

Then came the rock climbing..not with ropes and stuff, but climbing over large boulders..lost my breath again, but did pace myself again...

Reached the summit...breathed easy...BUT...there was a stairway to the actual summit...

I had to lift my legs one by one onto each stair to finish the trek

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 05:00 AM

3. Thanks for this interesting weather story, Eugene.

A friend showed me an old photo album which contained pictures of her Dad’s work on Mt. Washington decades and decades ago. They were wintertime photos of some of the most extreme weather conditions I’ve ever seen. Windows were covered in thick layers of ice and snow, men were hunched over, trying to walk against the wind outside. I think of those pictures frequently and marvel at this true notion of men “braving the storm”....and their daily trip back and forth to work.

So many who came before us exhibited such determination and endurance.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 08:31 AM

4. Brisk! nt

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 07:16 PM

5. Kites anyone?

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