The blustery day…

Luke and his younger cousin Jacob atop Mt. Washington on a windy day last summer.

Luke and his younger cousin Jacob atop Mt. Washington on a windy day last summer.

Temperatures in the 30s and a steady wind (15 mph with gusts reaching 30) made for a cold day on the mountain today, even if that mountain was the relatively modest Mt. Wachusett here in Massachusetts.  (More on that in another post).

It’s tough to complain about the weather on this, the 75 anniversary of “the Big Wind,” the 231 mph gust recorded at the top of Mt. Washington. It’s “the highest wind ever observed by man,” as the sign on the summit states.

Today’s Manchester Union Leader has a great story about the record and the men who recorded it.

For a glimpse at what the folks at the Mt. Washington Observatory deal with on a regular basis, watch:

and

If you make it to the summit — by foot, train or car — make sure to check out the Observatory’s “Breakfast of Champions” video short. It’s proof positive that harsh weather and long stretches away from civilization make for great comedy.

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