MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. — Wind gusts of 40-60 mph raked the lowlands Sunday, but that couldn’t hold a candle to what happened at top Mt. Rainier.
In fact, I’m not sure you could hold on to much of anything: A wind gauge at Camp Muir up at 10,100 feet recorded an incredible gust of 143 mph Sunday afternoon.
It was part of 14 consecutive hours of the gauge recording a gust of 100 mph or more. The 143-mph gust came amid a sustained wind report of 119 mph which would put it squarely on par with a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.