Mount Washington in NH Records -109F as Dangerous Cold Grips the Northeast

By A Correspondent
Screengrab of a video of extreme weather at Mount Washington Museum, NH. (Pakistan Week photo)

The northeastern United States is in the grip. of the record-breaking cold spell as dangerously cold air from the Arctic is sweeping through the region. Parts of Maine could endure their most extreme wind chills in at least a generation while Mount Washington New Hampshire recorded the lowest-ever temperature on the planet at -109 F with a sustained wind gust of 113 miles per hour.

Nearly 50 million Americans in 15 states across the country were under wind chill alerts into Saturday, with millions more in Canada’s southeast provinces under warnings for extreme cold as well.

According to Washington Post, wind chills are projected to bottom out between minus-50 and minus-65 in northern and western Maine and could even plummet to below minus-100 at New England’s highest spot, the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Through early Friday evening, wind chills had already tumbled to minus-107 on Mount Washington, its lowest on record, around minus-50 in northern and western Maine and into the minus-40s in Upstate New York.

One Twitter user, Colin McCarthy, a California teenager who is known for following reporting extreme weather conditions from California to Pakistan, claimed the temperature reached -109F on Mount Washington. This is what McCarthy does — provide a lens into what’s happening on the ground during extreme weather events, whether it’s a record-breaking California heat wave or a flood disaster in Pakistan. He started the account five years ago, at the age of 13, as an outgrowth of his fascination with the weather.

“Temperatures this weekend will be extremely – and dangerously – cold across the state,” said Maine Governor Janet Mills. “Please take extra precautions, be careful if you go outside, and be sure to check on your family, friends, and neighbors to make sure they are okay. MEMA will be working closely with county emergency agencies and local partners to support warming centers,” she said in a statement.

In New York City, the office of emergency management cautioned residents against low temperatures. “The coldest temperatures will be on Friday night to Saturday morning, with lows in the single digits. Strong wind gusts around 40 mph will bring the wind chill to -5 to -10 degrees. On Saturday, temperatures will be in the mid-20s. Sunday will have highs in the mid-40s,” said New York City Emergency Management in a statement. It asked residents to go outdoors, wear dry, warm clothing, and cover exposed skin. Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered. Wear a hat, hood, scarf, and gloves. Stay alert for signs of hypothermia, like intense shivering or dizziness, and anyone who experiences these symptoms should seek medical attention or call 911.

In New Hampshire, Mount Washington remained in the headlines as temperatures plummeted to record lows with sustained high winds. is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288.2 ft (1,916.6 m) and the most topographically prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. It is famous nationwide for its unique and extreme weather conditions. The weather service recorded the highest ever

On the afternoon of April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded a windspeed of 231 miles per hour (372 km/h) at the summit, the world record from 1934 until 1996. Mount Washington still holds the record for the highest measured wind speed not associated with a tornado or tropical cyclone.

According to National Weather Service, the cold snap will be relatively short-lived however, as much milder air from the Great Plains is forecast to make its way east toward New England and down into the eastern U.S. during the weekend behind a pair of warm fronts.

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