New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Observatory announced on Twitter that Mount Washington has a chilling new bragging point: it tied for second coldest place on Earth Saturday morning.
With a temperature of -36 degrees F and a windchill of -94, it tied with Armstrong, Ontario for second coldest.
That’s something to admire from afar.
— MWObservatory (@MWObs) January 6, 2018
Eureka, Nunavut took first place at -38 degrees F. While Eureka experienced winds of just five miles an hour, however, Mount Washington is far windier. 92 mile per hour winds were recorded Saturday morning.
Mount Washington is well known for its wind gusts. According to the observatory, it held the record for nearly 62 years for the fastest gust of wind ever recorded on Earth at 231 miles per hour, recorded April 12, 1934.
The windchill in Eureka simply doesn’t compete.
In fact, the windchill at Mount Washington on Saturday made it feel colder than the surface of mars.
Boston Globe reports:
Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire isn’t just cold — at -36 degrees with a windchill of 94 below, it’s tied for the second coldest place on Earth, according to a tweet from the observatory. In fact, according to the latest data available from the Curiosity rover on Mars, Mount Washington feels colder than the surface of our celestial neighbor, which was measured at -78 degrees.
As of Saturday morning, the wind was gusting at over 100 miles per hour at the summit, which is 6,288 feet above sea level, according to the observatory’s website.
“We should end up being the coldest location tonight in the Lower 48,” Mike Carmon, senior meteorologist at the Mount Washington Observatory, told the New York Times. “We basically just start saying it’s stupid cold outside.”
Mount Washington is notorious for its wind gusts.
The Mount Washington record was toppled in 1996 when an unmanned instrument station in Barrow Island, Australia recorded a new record of 253 miles per hour during Typhoon Olivia. Though the Observatory record fell, it’s a very human story, and it still stands as the highest surface wind speed ever observed by man.
[…] Mount Washington’s “World Record Wind” is legendary, but what is the meaning of that decades-old record today?
First and foremost, the record is a testament to the real extremes that can rule on Mount Washington. Significant cold, abundant snowfall, dense fog, heavy icing, and exceptional winds are a prominent feature of Mount Washington’s environment. Yes, there are colder places and snowier places, but, Mount Washington, a small peak by global standards, has weather to rival some of the most rugged places on Earth. There are days each winter when the combination of life-threatening conditions rival those of extremes recorded in the polar regions and on peaks three or four times Mount Washington’s height. The former world record wind is one benchmark testifying to the mountain’s severe weather.
You can read one man’s testimony of living through Mt. Washington’s 231 mph winds during the winter of 1934 here.