209 MPH Wind Reported

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  1. eggfly

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  2. Far Beyond Driven

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    I've heard rumors that the Jet Stream sometimes hits mountains and bends and funnels and gets magnified.
     

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    Much like this place on my ride to Maine
     
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    Pic I took last spring after climbing Mt Washington. I believe the highest recorded wind speed ever occurred here. 20190608_122131.jpg
     
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    So did you actually climb, or did you walk up an inclined trail until you made it to the top? :D
     
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    Spent summers as a kid on the south shore of LSC. Wicked storm came across the lake and literally blew so hard that the sand felt like neeedle's poking your skin. Don't know how fast the wind speed was but it sure did hurt.
     
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    Don't overthink it. Climbing Mt Washington is not a rigorous endeavor, and yes it's just one big inclined trail. There are no sheer walls to climb. Takes about 5 hours one way.
     
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    Man, that blows!
    I hiked and snowboarded Tuckerman's ravine. I love it out there...
     
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    My. Washington still kills an amazing amount of hikers each year. I think the whole 6200' / 5 hours bit lulls them into false security. Truly horrible weather blows in very fast, even to those of us that have gotten sunburned while shivering.

    Edit: just looked it up, over 150 since 1849 with four alone last year. Mostly people under 40 also. Not sure if most hikers are younger or the younger people push it harder.
     
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    Isn't that what the straight line winds are? I thought I read it was the jet-stream dipping down to ground level.

    I could look it up I suppose but I'm pretty sure I saw that on the local weather station after that big one in the late 90's. Maybe it was that particular event...
     
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    Screenshot_2020-02-10-16-32-18.png This is what hit Grand Haven back in the 90's and St. Joe a couple springs ago on a day a lot of guys were coho fishing. Seven boats went down that day with over 100 mph winds at the Coast Guard Station. With the water that cold and a lot of beach not friendly to beaching a boat or just getting out of the water, I still don't know how nobody died.

    If that resort truly had 200+ mph winds, it should look apocalyptic.
     
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    To be clear, I didn't intend to minimize the dangers of climbing Mt Washington - it is, and always will be, a very dangerous trail subject to extreme weather changes in an instant. Last May, it was 79 degrees and calm at the base - 5 hours later at the summit it was 32 degrees with 70mph winds. The people watching was crazy that day, watching all the people who had driven or taken the Cog Railway get out at the summit in their shorts and T shirts.

    I've climbed it twice, my intent was solely to communicate that it isn't a particularly difficult task. It's actually just a very long uphill walk.
     
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    "Its not THAT the wind is blowin. Its WHAT the wind is blowin".