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Hurricane Ridge to Columbia Gorge: Pbbbbbbtt!

Hurricane Ridge to Columbia Gorge: Pbbbbbbtt!
Challenge accepted.

I guess that was the thought of Hurricane Ridge after I jokingly said in the blog Sunday night that the notoriously windy spot had some competition after Oregon's Crown Point in the Columbia Gorge reported winds of 101 mph last week.

But Monday night, Hurricane Ridge must have decided anything Crown Point can do, it can do better. With a big storm blowing ashore, wind speeds topped 100 mph for several hours Monday afternoon and evening at the site at 5,200 feet in the Olympic Mountains, reaching a peak gust of 115 mph at 7 p.m., which was book-ended by 113 mph gusts at 6 and 8 p.m. It had calmed down to "only" 82 mph at 11 p.m.

Wonder what Crown Point will try for an encore? :)