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World's Highest Wind Gust Record Shattered January 29, 2010
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Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire has lost its distinction as site of the world's highest wind gust.
The U.N. World Meteorological Organization says that a new record- high wind gust, not related to a tornado, occurred in northwestern Australia at the height of Cyclone Olivia’s fury on April 10, 1996.

Review by a panel of experts of weather records and Barrow Island’s wind instruments concluded that the new record gust of 253 mph surpassed the previous record of 231 mph that occurred atop New Hampshire’s Mount Washington on April 12, 1934.

“It’s obviously a big disappointment. 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,” said Scot Henley, Mount Washington Observatory’s executive director.

He said that the Australians apparently didn’t think the gust was that big of a deal at the time, and the report never made it into the record books.

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