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Mount Washington: A Bad Weather Place



Mount Washington: A Bad Weather Place
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.48

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     challenging words:    snowfall, marked, boast, hurricane, piles, rocks, mountain, winds, minutes, frostbite, trestle, faster, level, steep, speed, above
     content words:    Mount Washington, Cog Railway, Mount Washington Auto Road


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Mount Washington: A Bad Weather Place
By Phyllis Naegeli
  

1     New Hampshire has a big mountain. It's called Mount Washington. It's not the biggest in the world or in America. But it can boast about many things. At 6,288 feet high, it's the highest place in the state. And, it's a pretty cool place. It's also very windy there. People say it has the worst weather in the world.
 
2     On April 12, 1934, a world record was set. It wasn't set by an athlete. It was set by the wind on top of Mount Washington. Its speed was 231 miles per hour. Nowhere else on Earth had a wind that fast been recorded. That's faster than any NASCAR driver goes! There are hurricane force winds on the mountain an average of every three days. In the winter, winds are over 100 MPH one-third of the time.
 
3     Mount Washington has some other bad weather. Temperatures have been recorded at minus 45 F. Wind chills can reach down to minus 120 F! When it is that cold, watch out! You can get frostbite very quickly. Imagine getting snow in June or July. It happens on Mount Washington. In the winter, snow is a sure thing. The average snowfall is 256 inches. The most snow in one season was 566 inches. How many feet is that?

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