The Windiest Place in America

May 24, 2016 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

Our May/June issue featured a short profile on Tom Padham ’12, a meteorologist who is stationed at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The weather on the mountains is famously unforgiving, as meteorologists have detected wind gusts exceeding 230 miles per hour.

While this video doesn’t feature winds quite that fast, it does show Padham and one of his colleagues going out into gusts of wind that topped out at 109 mph. The two showed how powerful the gusts were by doing things like jumping in the air and trying to walk into the wind.

As Padham said in our story, “These are weather conditions you’d associate with a 15,000- or 20,000-foot mountain—not so much a 6,000-foot mountain.”

(h/t NPR)

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

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