Is it any coincidence Grand Junction is experiencing a high wind advisory on what is nationally recognized as "Big Wind Day"?

What exactly is "Big Wind Day"? Why is it on April 12? According to Holiday Insights, April 12 marks the anniversary of the highest wind speed ever recorded on planet Earth. Was it somewhere in Antarctica? How about the North Pole? Was it in the middle of a hurricane somewhere in the ocean?

No, no, and no. According to Holiday Insights, on April 12, 1934, the staff of the Mount Washington Observatory recorded the highest surface wind ever measured,  231 miles-per-hour.

What does a 231 mile-per-hour wind look like? Hard to say. Here, however, is what a 200 mile-per-hour wind looks like.

It just so happens that 84 years later, Grand Junction, Colorado is under a red flag warning and wind advisory. Are we going to see 200 miles-per-hour? I don't believe anyone is expecting that. This, however, is what the National Weather Service is expecting.

Grand Junction High Wind Advisory
National Weather Service

Considering how uneventful weather typically is in Grand Junction, this actually looks exciting. Rain, snow, and more wind can be expected on Friday.

Happy "Big Wind Day." Okay, so it's not exactly Christmas or the 4th of July. We're right in the middle of the big dry spell between major holidays. Let's celebrate.

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