Cooperative Records 83 mph Gust in Fairbanks Storm

The rural electric power cooperative in Fairbanks says a wind gust reached 83 mph during a November storm that knocked out power to thousands of residents.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- The rural electric power cooperative in Fairbanks says a wind gust reached 83 mph during a November storm that knocked out power to thousands of residents.

Golden Valley Electric Association says an anemometer on its two-story building near downtown Fairbanks recorded the gust during the storm that began Nov. 13. Sustained winds reached 50 mph.
Fairbanks is not known for strong winds. The National Weather Service record for a three-second gust is 59 mph in April 2003.
Meteorologist Jim Brader says the National Weather Service records winds on a nearly 33-foot tall tower at Fairbanks International Airport, which likely is lower than GVEA's anemometer.
Fairbanks wind-gust records date back only 14 years when the agency changed methods for gauging winds. Brader says many wind sensors lose accuracy past 50 mph.