About National Big Wind Day
In the United States, April 12th, National Big Wind Day, commemorates the recording of the highest natural wind gust measured on the Earth’s surface. On April 12th 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded winds at 231 miles per hour.
To put that in perspective, that’s stronger than Category 5 hurricane wind gusts! Wind gusts in a category 5 hurricane can reach up to 157 miles per hour which is close to the speed of a high-speed train.
Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 feet and is the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River.