The Big Wind

Sad news. New Hampshire’s Mount Washington has officially lost its distinction as the site of the fastest wind gust ever recorded on Earth. On April 12, 1934, 231 mph winds graced the top of the mountain, the highest point in the Eastern United States. Before the Europeans arrived, Mount Washington was known as Agiocochook, or “home of the Great Spirit.”

Three days ago, the World Meteorological Organization posted a snippet on its website saying a panel of experts reviewing extreme weather and climate data turned up a 253 mph gust on Australia’s Barrow Island during Cyclone Olivia in 1996.

“It’s obviously a big disappointment. Having the world record for over six decades was such a part of the soul of this organization and for fans of Mount Washington around the country,” said Scot Henley, the Mount Washington Observatory’s executive director.

Mount Washington still holds the record for the Northern and Western hemispheres. Although that doesn’t sound nearly as cool as the title it lost, the “highest wind gust ever recorded on the surface of the Earth by means of an anemometer.” (via)


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3 Responses to The Big Wind

  1. Forrest MacCormack January 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    Geezzz.. Poor New Hampshire.. first they have their “Old Man of the Mountain” iconic mountain crumble away… and now this indignity!

    Great blog. Love your posts, especially your nostalgic viewpoint on the great outdoors.

  2. karynstarr January 28, 2010 at 7:19 am #


  3. Star January 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    I know this is an old post but I thought it is kind of important to point out that Mt. Washington is not the highest point on the east coast but Mt. Mitchell in North Carolina is.

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