Watch This Observatory Crew Member Brave 102-MPH Winds on the Top of Mount Washington
Winds were gusting to 102 MPH and the wind chill was -40°F, but that didn't stop two Mt. Washington Observatory staff members from heading out on the observation deck this week to see what it was like. Weather Observer Tom Padham and Intern Greg shot this video on Friday, and it's gone viral across the country.
Violent and extreme weather at the top of New England isn't anything new. Mount Washington once held the world record and still holds the Northern Hemisphere and Western Hemisphere record for directly measured surface wind speed, at 231 mph (372 km/h), recorded on the afternoon of April 12, 1934.
Think about that... 231 mph. That's probably fast enough to lift you right up off the deck and blow you all the way to Boston!