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Man blown through air by 109 mph winds atop Mount Washington

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MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. — Weather observers Mike Dorfman and Tom Padham put their balancing skills to the test on Monday at the notoriously windy Mount Washington observation deck

Winds reached 109 mph, with gusts expected to become more powerful. To put the conditions in perspective, Dorfman wrote a blog post about the winds.

Video showed Dorfman being lifted into the air by the winds at the observatory.

The Sherman Adams building, where the observatory is located, has 3-foot thick concrete walls and three layers of bullet-resistant glass windows because of the winds. Deicing the tower can be a challenge.

The top of the tower is surrounded by a chest-high railing that blocks most of the wind. In the center of the top of the tower is a 5-foot-tall, concrete cylinder designed to raise the wind instruments above the turbulent influence of the tower railings.

“It is really impossible to safely face down hundred-mile-per-hour winds almost anywhere else; you’d either be risking your life trying to hike into them (I was exhausted after several minutes of playing in the wind) or risking your life in a hurricane, where flying debris and shrapnel poses a huge threat,” Dorfman wrote.

“Whether safely surfing the blustery wind or relaxing on the couch in our living quarters, I am very thankful for my experience here on the summit!”

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