Mount Washington in Coos County, N.H., has earned the nickname "Home of the World's Worst Weather." In 1934, a wind speed of 231 miles per hour was recorded at the Mount Washington Observatory, which remained the highest wind speed ever recorded in the world until Tropical Cyclone Olivia caused as 253 mile-per-hour gust in Australia in 1996. Rain, cold, wind and snow are harsh on the mountain. So how did it fare during Sandy?
According to Rebecca Scholand:
"On Oct. 28, the summit of Mount Washington saw the first effects of Hurricane Sandy while she sat off the coast of North Carolina. Her immense size, deepening low pressure center, and extensive pressure gradient reached well into New England, raising many questions as to what winds the Summit might see. Sunday evening, the Hays chart showed the first signs of increasing winds that would continue well through Monday night and into Tuesday.
By Monday morning, winds had reached hurricane force and continued inching towards the century mark. As winds increased outside the building, the Observers witnessed small debris being lifted off the ground and extensive pressure differences inside and outside the building shaking the doors and windows in the entrance way air lock. Winds at some points were sustained above 100 mph and a peak gust of 140 mph was recorded at around 6:15 Monday night.
This storm proved to a significant event on the summit of Mount Washington."
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