National Big Wind Day

National Big Wind Day

 

April 12, 2015 is National Big Wind Day!

Did you know?

This day commemorates the recording of, what was, the highest natural wind gust measured on the Earth’s surface.  On the afternoon of April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded winds at 231 miles per hour.

Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft and it is the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River.

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Did you know?
It can still be argued that Mount Washington holds the record for the highest surface wind speed recorded ‘by man’; the new Australian record of 2010 was measured by an automated station while no human was present, while the Mount Washington wind gust was actually measured by a human being.

Phenomena measured via satellite or radar, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and air currents in the upper atmosphere, are not directly measured at the Earth’s surface and do not compete with either of these records.

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