With the strength of Katrina increasing constantly, I was wondering what the record wind speed of a hurricane is up tuntil now.
Originally posted by B Ozanne
I'd like to be the first to report that the all time record is 231 mph on Mount Washington in New Hampshire, in what was an average storm.
For hurricanes I'm not sure. The 1938 hurricane that hit New England has a 190 gust at the Blue Hill Observatory in Massachusetts. The winds recorded by airplanes and extrapolated from dropsondes have been higher.
Originally posted by Bernard Hulshof
What about the Labor Day hurricane of 1935? I believe the average wind speed was about 200 mph, or was this just an estimate?
Yes, I go along with you here. Of course, no anemometer will measure a 200 mph windspeed.Originally posted by Jeff Snyder
Just like with F-scale ratings pre 1980, I'm suspsicious of high-end meteoorlogical obs in the early 1900s. I imagine it was an \"estimated max\" windspeed, but remember the old 1960s news stories about tornadoes and how they thought max winds in tornadoes may reach 500-600mph?
The Moore, OK tornado from 1999
Seriously, I don't know what the wind speed record is for an Atlantic Basin tropical system. I can't imagine it is a great deal higher than that which the current Katrina is producing.