With winds gusting up to 109 mph Monday, two weather observers at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire decided to test the blustery conditions and discovered walking into a 100 mph wind is not that easy.
"Essentially, when the wind is that strong, it feels like a football player is pushing you as hard as they can to try and knock you down," Mike Dorfman told the Boston Globe.
Dorfman and Tom Padham can be seen in video posted on the observatory Facebook page struggling to stay on their feet and, in some instances, they fail to do so:
Mount Washington, the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River, holds the world record for wind speed (not generated by a cyclone) at 231 mph. Conditions weren't that bad on Monday, but the wind gusts nearly reached 110 mph, and the wind held steady at around 80 mph for most of the day.
The gusts were at 102 mph when Dorfman and Padham went outside to make the video. Also, temperatures were between 12 and 13 degrees with a windchill of minus-19 at the time.
Dorfman, with his back to the wind, started by sitting down in what he called "an invisible chair." He then jumped up and got blown backward before "rolling like a tumbleweed," as the Globe put it.
Padham then walked headfirst into the wind with great difficulty before making it to the shelter of the observatory tower where the wind was blocked.
In a blog post Monday, they said the powerful wind sounds like a jet taking off and feels like "opening up the window of an ascending jet."
"The force of the wind is really incredible," Dorfman told the Globe, adding that they are trained for such weather conditions and take safety seriously.
"We are up here because we love extreme weather and winds," he said. "It's what we do for work, and for fun."
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