97°F
weather icon Mostly Cloudy

Wind-speed record set at California ski resort

SAN FRANCISCO — Scientists say a 199-mph (320-kph) gust that blasted a mountaintop at the Alpine Meadows ski resort last February was the strongest wind ever recorded in California.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday it was also the strongest non-tornado wind in the United States last year.

Tom Padham, a meteorologist with the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, tells the San Francisco Chronicle that even in winds of 120 mph (193 kph), a person is not able to stand.

Mount Washington holds the record for fastest wind speed in the country — a 231-mph (371-kph) gust in April 1934. That stood as the world record for 62 years, until a 253-mph (407-kph) wind was noted during a typhoon on Barrow Island, Australia.

The 199-mph gust was certified last week as California’s strongest-ever wind by the National Centers for Environmental Information, a division of NOAA.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Kellyanne Conway will skip Hatch Act hearing

Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Trump, won’t testify at a hearing called to examine the Office of Special Counsel’s recommendation that she be fired for engaging in political activity while working as a federal employee.

Sheriff: Mother abused her children, boiled puppies to death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A woman beat and tortured at least some of her 15 children and forced them to watch as she brutally killed their pets, authorities said in New Mexico, the latest place where the woman and her husband have been the subject of complaints.

 
Texas parents charged after infant dies with 90-plus fractures

The parents of a Houston newborn who suffered a cracked skull and more than 90 fractures just days after being brought home from the hospital were arrested in their daughter’s death, according to police and Harris County prosecutors.

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

Illinois’ new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation that makes the state the 11th to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use and the second to approve it through the Legislature rather than the ballot box.

Imprisoned supercop’s movie-like escape from Venezuela

As the last rays of sunlight faded into the Caribbean Sea, political fugitive Iván Simonovis was speeding toward an island rendezvous with freedom.

Kushner attempts to sell Mideast plan to skeptical audience

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, appealed Tuesday for the Palestinians to consider his ambitious but harshly criticized $50 billion economic support plan despite their outright rejection of the proposal.