Taiwan records world’s third-strongest wind gust: 95.2 m/s at 9:52 pm in postcode 952

The fastest wind speed ever recorded in Taiwan measured 95.2 meters per second, and was recorded at 9:52 pm yesterday, October 4, on Orchid Island (Lanyu), Taiwan postcode 952.

Some media outlets, including The Guardian are reporting that the measurement constitutes the third-fastest wind speed measured in the in the world, after 113.3 m/s recorded on Barrow Island, Australia in 1996, and 103.2 m/s at Mount Washington, New Hampshire, in 1934.

According to Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration, the 95.2 m/s windspeed recorded on Orchid Island last night was the fastest wind speed recorded in Taiwan since records began in 1897. Fifteen minutes after the record wind speed was measured, the anemometer broke.

The CWA said that a team will be dispatched to make repairs and replace the anemometer, Sunday.

The wind gust was generated as the eyewall of Typhoon Koinu passed over the island before passing over the southernmost tip of Taiwan.

weather measuring instruments at the Orchid Island weather station
Instruments used to measure weather phenomena on Orchid Island.
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