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New Instrument Measures 100-mph Gusts on Grandfather Mountain

Posted February 12, 2008 5:03 p.m. EST

— Wind gusts recorded by the new anemometer located on the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain broke 100 mph for the first time this past Sunday.

The highest three-second gust measured by the anemometer clocked in at 107 mph at 4:42 p.m. The highest five-second gust measured was 103 mph.

“One hundred miles per hour is significant symbolically since this is the first time we have hit three digits since the new system went in place,” said Grandfather Mountain President Crae Morton. “Really though the sustained winds to me are more impressive.”

Between the time period of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Sunday night, the winds measured by the anemometer were sustained at 80 to 90 mph.

Grandfather Mountain installed this new anemometer just a year ago.