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ms_climo
06-16-2009, 10:25 PM
We all know the highest wind speed ever recorded was 231 mph in 1934.

But what was the second highest wind speed ever recorded at Mt Washington? Is there a list of the top 10?

The question is whether this 231 mph was an anomaly or if extremely high winds happen relatively frequently ("relatively" being a very relative term)

Bill O
06-17-2009, 08:44 PM
I'd say that extremely high winds occur frequently. I bet somewhere in the world had 200+mph winds this week. Maybe in a tornado, or in a valley in Antartica or a ridge in the Himalaya.

As for Mount Washington it is extremely rare. Maybe a 1 in 100 year event, maybe more.

Turd Ferguson
06-18-2009, 06:57 PM
We all know the highest wind speed ever recorded was 231 mph in 1934.

But what was the second highest wind speed ever recorded at Mt Washington? Is there a list of the top 10?

The question is whether this 231 mph was an anomaly or if extremely high winds happen relatively frequently ("relatively" being a very relative term)

If you follow this link you can see the highest recorded wind speeds for the months - which will give you a top 12 list. Scroll down after following the link.

http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/normals.php