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Wind gusts at Grandfather break 2011 record

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Article Published: Dec. 26, 2012 | Modified: Dec. 26, 2012

Wind gusts recorded by the anemometer located on the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain reached 120.7 mph late Friday, Dec. 21. This is a new three-second gust record for the mountain.

Snow fell on Grandfather during the day Friday, and the increased wind speeds at night were accompanied by wind chills well below zero degrees.

The previous highest three-second gust on Grandfather was 114.7 mph, recorded Jan. 26, 2011. At that time, the gust was one of the highest wind speeds ever recorded in North Carolina, according to the state climatologist Ryan Boyles.

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