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Gusts of 209 mph over the mountain in California may have set a new record

The fierce wind of 209 MPH is measured at the top of the mountain in California “setting a new state record”

  • 209 mph gust of wind registered above peak in California to set potential new record
  • National Weather Service monitored the wind on top of Kirkwood Mountain on Sunday
  • A cold storm has been pulled south by the state that dumps snow, rain, and hail
  • Previous state record was a gust of 199 mph on Ward Mountain, Nevada, in 2017

A fierce gust of 209 km / h has been clocked on top of a mountain in California, possibly setting a new state record.

The explosion was captured by a 9,186-foot instrument on Kirkwood Mountain south of Lake Tahoe on Sunday at 7:45 am, National Weather Service predictor Alex Hoon said.

He and his colleagues at the NWS office in Reno, Nevada, were surprised to see how wind speeds over the top of the Sierra Nevada reached 150 km / h and continued to rise.

It can take months for state climatologists to verify the record, he added. The previous record was a gust of 199 km / h in Ward Peak, California, west of Lake Tahoe on November 16, 2017.

Kirkwood Mountain south of Lake Tahoe, where the National Weather Service registered a potential new wind record at around 9,186ft above sea level

Kirkwood Mountain south of Lake Tahoe, where the National Weather Service registered a potential new wind record at around 9,186ft above sea level

Data from the National Weather Service show wind and gusts of wind rising on Sunday, almost 200 mph

Data from the National Weather Service show wind and gusts of wind rising on Sunday, almost 200 mph

Data from the National Weather Service show wind and gusts of wind rising on Sunday, almost 200 mph

A potential record was established in Kirkwood Mountain. The previous record was a gust of 199 mph on Ward Peak west of Lake Tahoe in November 2017

A potential record was established in Kirkwood Mountain. The previous record was a gust of 199 mph on Ward Peak west of Lake Tahoe in November 2017

A potential record was established in Kirkwood Mountain. The previous record was a gust of 199 mph on Ward Peak west of Lake Tahoe in November 2017

Highest wind speeds registered worldwide

The highest non-tornado wind speed ever recorded was in Australia in 1996. An unmanned instrument on Barrow Island recorded a gust of 253 mph during Tropical Cyclone Olivia.

It took 14 years for the record to be confirmed, but when it finally arrived, Mount Washington, New Hampshire, beat first.

That record already existed 64 years after a gust of 231 mph was measured in April 1934. It remains the highest surface wind speed ever recorded by humans.

Tornado wind speeds are rarely successfully measured due to the violent wind that often destroys the instruments.

Hurricane Irma had recorded unofficial gusts of wind at 199 km / h when it tore through the Caribbean in September 2017 – this highest speed measured on St. Barthélemy.

St. Barthélemy was exposed to the eye wall of the category 5 hurricane with the fiercest wind.

Meanwhile, the highest official gust of a US hurricane was the September 1938 Long Island Express, with a gust of 186 km / h at the Blue Hill Observatory in Massachusetts.

Hoon said: ‘It went up and up. But the way the winds have increased looks legitimate. It is certainly an exciting moment. ”

To date, the highest wind speed unrelated to tornadoes in the world was recorded in Barrow Island, Australia, in 1996 when an unmanned instrument station recorded a new record of 253 miles per hour during Tropical Cyclone Olivia.

The 6,288ft summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, had the world record for the fastest gust of wind ever recorded on the Earth’s surface since 1934.

The recording of 231 mph that day still holds the fastest wind measured in the US.

More recently, Hurricane Irma in 2017 and Hurricane Dorian in 2019 brought record-breaking wind speeds to the Caribbean.

At the time, Irma was the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean outside the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Dorian, however, exceeded this record two years later.

Irma achieved one of the longest duration ever for category 5 wind speeds and maximum gusts of wind were recorded on St. Barthélemy at 199 km / h.

The weekend storm that caused widespread flooding in Washington and Oregon last week brought a strong cold front to California.

Damage caused by Hurricane Irma in the Bahamas that was extensively destroyed in September 2017

Damage caused by Hurricane Irma in the Bahamas that was extensively destroyed in September 2017

Damage caused by Hurricane Irma in the Bahamas that was extensively destroyed in September 2017

Damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian on the big city of the island of Abaco, Marsh Harbor, Bahamas, September 4, 2019

Damage in the wake of Hurricane Dorian on the Great Abaco Island City of Marsh Harbor, Bahamas, September 4, 2019

Damage in the wake of Hurricane Dorian on the Great Abaco Island City of Marsh Harbor, Bahamas, September 4, 2019

Five-foot waves were recorded on Lake Tahoe, where the air temperature dropped below freezing.

Powerful winds knocked down trees and knocked out power for tens of thousands in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The same system threw hail in parts of larger Los Angeles and snow in mountain areas north and east of the city.

A cold storm was heading south through California, dumping snow, rain, and hail, according to the National Weather Service. Storm clouds above the bay of Santa Monica yesterday

A cold storm was heading south through California, dumping snow, rain, and hail, according to the National Weather Service. Storm clouds above the bay of Santa Monica yesterday

A cold storm was heading south through California, dumping snow, rain, and hail, according to the National Weather Service. Storm clouds above the bay of Santa Monica yesterday

Heavy rain fell when the stars arrived for the Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday.

The red carpet was protected by a tent, but she had the position of some camera crews just outside the shelter, so they went looking for sails and plastic to protect their belongings.

The temperatures in LA were 50 degrees Fahrenheit (around 13 degrees Celsius) in the 1950s.

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