New Hampshire’s Mount Washington has lost its distinction as the site of the fastest wind gust ever recorded on Earth, officials say.
The World Meteorological Organization posted a snippet on its Web site saying a panel of experts reviewing extreme weather and climate data turned up a 253 mph gust on Australia’s Barrow Island during Cyclone Olivia in 1996. That tops the the 231 mph record set atop Mount Washington on April 12, 1934.
“It’s obviously a big disappointment,” Scot Henley, the observatory’s executive director, told the Associated Press. “Having the world record for over six decades was such a part of the soul of this organization and for fans of Mount Washington around the country.”