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    Mount Washington battered by 142 mph winds

    In this 2015 file photo, Mount Washington is seen at dawn from North Conway, N.H.
    In this 2015 file photo, Mount Washington is seen at dawn from North Conway, N.H.

    The wind was whipping atop Mount Washington on Tuesday morning.

    Staffers at the Mount Washington Observatory recorded wind speeds of 142 miles per hour and shared their findings on social media.

    “Another storm, another 140+ mph wind event topping out at 142 mph so far!” they tweeted. “This is the 3rd time this year we have exceeded 140 mph.”


    (Of course, that isn’t even close to the all-time record. The highest wind speed ever documented on Mount Washington was 231 miles per hour, which happened back on April 12, 1934).

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    Adam Gill, a weather observer and IT specialist at the observatory, said the last time the wind blew more than 140 miles per hour on Mount Washington was back in February, he said.

    “Typically this time of year everything is starting to calm down,” Gill said in a telephone interview.

    Gill said the average monthly wind speed for Mount Washington in April is 34.7 miles per hour, and typically they’ll see “three to four” days in April where wind speeds exceed 100 miles per hour.

    But this April, there have already been six days where the winds on Mount Washington have exceeded 100 miles per hour — and the month is far from over.


    Over the course of the meteorological year, which runs from July 1 to June 30, there are normally 35 to 40 days per year when winds exceed 100 miles per hour. But this year, there have been 55 days where that’s happened, he said.

    “This has been a pretty unusually windy year for us,” he said.

    Emily Sweeney can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.