Grandfather Mountain Blows New Record
Image: Rime Ice
When clouds freeze on the trees, it forms a frozen phenomenon called rime ice. When the mountain is covered with rime ice, Grandfather takes on a truly fairy-tale atmosphere.
Today, winds of at least 200 miles-per-hour were recorded on Grandfather Mountain.
The wind speed breaks the previous record of 195-point-five miles per hour set almost nine years ago.
The previous record was set April 18th, 1997.
Grandfather Mountain officials say the upper limit on Grandfather's anemometer is 200 miles per hour, but the needle on the gauge actually went beyond its limit.
The wind blew out three double-strength steel-wire-reinforced windows at the mountain's visitor center and upended a 300-pound boulder that was cemented into the parking area.
Source: WWAY-TV Wilmington NC
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