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100+ mph winds at Mt. Washington Observatory

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

While it was windy in western Massachusetts throughout the day, it didn't compare to the winds that scientists and observers experienced today atop Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. It certainly lived up to it's nickname of the "World's Worst Weather."

The Setup: A deepening low pressure system to the north of Maine, combined with high pressure to our south, created a large pressure gradient and strong winds. 

The Data: As of 8:30 P.M., sustained winds are 89 mph, gusting up to 100 mph. This has been the trend all day - hurricane force sustained winds were regularly recorded. That means the air temperature of 19° has a wind chill of -10°. COLD!

The Forecast: Although winds "relax" into Tuesday, sustained winds will still be 50-60 mph. The high temperatures tomorrow afternoon will be in the low 30s with wind chills near zero. 

The highest wind speed ever recorded atop Mt. Washington was 231 miles per hour on April 12, 1934. This remained the fastest wind speed ever recorded anywhere on earth for most of the 20th century, besting even the most fierce hurricanes. Though remarkable, today's wind is not uncommon for the peak, as it is blasted by hurricane-force wind on an average of 110 days a year.

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