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Weather Facts and Records: Wind

The winds of a hurricane, tornados and other weather phenomenon can reach great speeds , causing great damage to property and taking lives along the way. In this article, you will encounter some of the weather facts that deal with wind and clouds.

Fast Wind Speed Records

The fastest recorded wind speed in a hurricane was 200 mph that was attached to the eye of Hurricane Camille on August 17, 1969. Mount Washington, New Hampshire is known for clocking in the fastest recorded surface wind speed on earth at 231 mph on April 12, 1934.

Tornado-Prone States in the U.S.

When taking a look at the average number of tornadoes per 10,000 square miles that takes place in the United States, the following cities see the most action: Florida, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Maryland, Louisiana, and Texas. The state of Florida leads off the most tornados with an average of nine instances per year.

One Windy Place

Hold onto your hat if you visit Port Martin, Antarctica , which is considered one of the windiest places in the world. The average wind speed over the course of a year is 40 mph and sees gale force 8 winds for more than 100 days per year.

Deadly Tornado

Wreaking havoc across Missouri, Indiana and Illinois, a tornado that took place on March 18, 1925 is considered the most violent. It left behind 11,000 homeless people in the three states, four destroyed towns, 1980 injured victims, severe damage in six other towns, and took the lives of 689 people.

The Fastest Winds

It is inside a tornado funnel where you will find the fastest winds on earth , some of which have reached a recorded 300 mph.

Science Lesson

Because warm air weighs less than cool air , it rises. It is the movement of air that is responsible for making the wind blow.

Strong Wind Gust

The strongest wind gust recorded on the surface of the earth clocked in at 231 mph and took place at Mount Washington, New Hampshire on April 12, 1934.

The Windiest Cities

When taking a look at the average wind speed in mph on a yearly basis, the following cities in the United States are considered the windiest: Blue Hill Observatory, Massachusetts; Dodge City, Kansas; Amarillo, Texas; Rochester, Minnesota; Casper, Wyoming; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Great Falls, Montana; Goodland, Kansas; Boston, Massachusetts; and Lubbock, Texas.