newsday_bike_cp.jpgToday is the anniversary of the highest wind speed ever recorded on earth. In 1934 Mount Washington, New Hampshire experienced a wind gust of 231 miles per hour, with sustained winds (over a five minute period) of 186 m.p.h. Winds in severe tornadoes are probably greater than Mount Washington's records, but those winds have either not been measured or the instrument was destroyed by the tornado.

It is a little bit calmer on Mount Washington today as winds are averaging only 37 m.p.h. And in Central Park Gothamist notes that the wind is blowing at a feeble 8 m.p.h.

There's not much to say weatherwise. Today will be the coolest day of the week, with a slow warming expected through the weekend. Pleasant and dry conditions should be around for another week. The dry weather is a bit of a concern. The humidity is low enough that the Weather Service says there is a moderate threat for brush fires for southeastern New York, northeastern New Jersey, and southern Connecticut for today and tomorrow.

Photo of couple enjoying Central Park yesterday from Newsday