Mount Washington got some bad-weather bragging rights Friday morning when it hit 35 degrees below zero, giving it the second-lowest temperature on Earth and by far the lowest wind chill – registered at the respected website Weather Extremes.
The Mount Washington Observatory noted the reading, taken at 6:40 a.m. Friday, on its website – followed by a request for a year-end donation to support its mission tracking and studying what it calls the world’s worst weather.
Its ambient air temperature was beaten only at Watson Lake in the Canadian Yukon, which registered a frigid minus 40 degrees – but that site had calm winds, compared to the 75 mph gusts on Mount Washington. No other place in the site’s list of 10 coldest places – all in North America, including Greenland – had winds faster than 6 mph.
While you can’t say for certain that Mount Washington had the second-coldest temperature on Earth at that moment because the website depends on data being sent in, it may well have had the lowest wind chill.