Mt. Washington’s Wind Record Broken

Awwww shucks! No more bragging rights 🙁

Oh…and these wind speeds would rip that kite to shreds!


By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press Writer, Tue Jan 26, 9:26 pm ET

CONCORD, N.H. – First the Old Man, now the Big Wind. New Hampshire’s Mount Washington has lost its distinction as the site of the fastest wind gust ever recorded on Earth, officials at the Mount Washington Observatory said Tuesday.

The concession came three days after the World Meteorological Organization posted a snippet on its Web site 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.

That tops the 231 mph record set atop Mount Washington on April 12, 1934.

“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 observatory’s executive director.

Western Washington will likely break a record of its own, though nothing nearly as exciting or impressive. January has been an incredibly warm month and is on track for the warmest month ever in recorded history. A few degrees in either direction the next few days, however, could make it or break it.

Professor Cliff Mass, being the warm winter weather enthusiast he is, is rooting for this record to fall. Me? Well, being a cold weather enthusiast, I don’t want us to make it. All biases aside, though, the record will be very close (46.55 degrees in Jan. 06, past warmest January ever) with a current monthly average temperature of 47.1 degrees. Even if we do break the record, it won’t be by much.

In the short term, rain and clouds look likely through the weekend, but looking at long range projections it appears mild and drier weather is in store and should last us through at least the first week of Februay.

Darn it, El Nino. I really, really, REALLY dislike you.

P.S. I’m writing this during my lunch break at work, so I’ll post the 7 day this evening.

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

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