Watch These Researchers Get Blown Through the Air in 109mph Winds at Mount Washington
News| | By Margo Gothelf
And you thought winter was over!
A new video captured on Mount Washington in New Hampshire shows three inches of snow, a chilling -20 degrees Celsius temperature, and casual wind gusts of 109 mph. Basically, this weather screams stay inside!
However, these two daredevil researchers braved the conditions and captured an amazing video on the top of the observatory when they attempted to walk in the wind.
Mike Dorfman and Tom Padham, two weather observers, attempted to walk against the wind and epically failed. The incredible gust even suspended one of the men in the air for a few seconds.
“Wind on the summit is an experience that you can’t just describe to understand,” Dorfman shared on the observatory’s website. “It is really impossible to safely face down hundred-mile-per-hour winds almost anywhere else; you’d either be risking your life trying to hike into them (I was exhausted after several minutes of playing in the wind) or risking your life in a hurricane, where flying debris and shrapnel poses a huge threat.”
While these winds are pretty extreme, it is not the highest the observatory has ever recorded.
In 1934, a wind gust reached 231 mph. The gust held the record for the highest speed and was only just broken in 1996.
Mount Washington is the highest peak in the northeastern U.S. and reaches 6,288 feet. The observatory is located at the summit of the mountain where research about climate and weather take place.
See the daredevils at work below!