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Weather observer attempts to stand in 100 mph winds

By Daniel Uria
Weather observer attempts to stand in 100 mph winds
A weather observer at Mount Washington Observatory sought to take advantage of 109 mph winds by testing whether he would be able to remain standing. He completes a series of tests, including attempting to stand still, jumping into the wind and walking directly agains the wind. Screen capture/Mount Washington Observatory/Facebook

NORTH CONWAY, N.H., May 17 (UPI) -- A weather observer in New Hampshire braved extremely windy conditions to see how long he would be able to stand upright.

Mount Washington Observatory shared video of a pair of observers experiencing the strong wind as one attempted to stay standing despite gusts reaching more than 100 mph.

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"Weather Observers Mike Dorfman and Tom Padham took a brief break this morning to enjoy the windy and wintry conditions on the observation deck," they wrote. "Winds so far have topped out at 109 mph, with gusts near the century mark expected through this afternoon."

The observer in the video can be seen attempting to use his outstretched arms and a low center of gravity to try to avoid being knocked over.

He also attempted to jump into the wind, which left him suspended in the air for a brief time before being knocked to the ground and blown back a short distance.

After getting up the observer was able to walk a few feet against the wind, managing to keep his position despite almost being knocked down for a second time.

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