You Won’t Believe It When You See These Researchers ‘Flying’ In The Wind

At 6,288 feet above sea level, the summit of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington regularly sees winds of 40–70 miles per hour; veteran weather observer Mike Dorfman would call those winds “a bit breezy.” But when the wind picks up near the Mount Washington Observatory, it can really pick up.

On May 16, 2016, when Dorfman and his colleague, Tom Padham, measured huge gusts up to 109 MPH, they couldn’t help but have a little fun with it…

As one of the tallest peaks in the Eastern United States, Mount Washington’s high winds result from changes in air pressure and temperature, and a lack of resistance from outside forces and objects. Average wind speeds for May are about 29 MPH, but since scientists began keeping weather records in 1933, wind gusts have maxed out at a whopping 231 MPH (measured in April, 1934), which was the fastest recorded wind on earth’s crust for over six decades.

If you think mountain winds are impressive, have a look at what a blustery day at the Great Lake Michigan looks like!

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