Hurricane Otis Produced One of the Strongest Wind Gusts Ever Recorded, Over 200 mph

news image
Special Stories
5 Nov 2023 10:20 PM

A team of researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) have recovered incredible data from a weather station in Acapulco Bay, after it survived an encounter with category 5 hurricane Otis last week. This includes one of the highest wind gusts ever recorded on earth, topping out at 204.9 mph (329.76 km/h)!


Data from the two weather stations (pictured above) operated by UNAM was cut off due to the loss of power during Otis's landfall, but a team of researchers visited the site in person to recover this incredible information.

Few records exist with gusts topping 200 mph, partly due to the destruction of equipment during such intense storms. The research team highlighted the sturdy construction of their station in the thread. Only a few records exist of stronger gusts, including the Mt. Washington, NH, which measured a gust of 231 mph in 1934. It held the record for strongest gust until Cyclone Olivia hit Barrow Island, Australia in 1996 with a gust topping 254 mph!

The research team posted a thread to X, highlighting some other interesting data from the storm, including an impressive pressure drop of more than 50 mb. Strom surge measured was thankfully quite low at this location, only about 17 inches and it occurred during a low tide.

Otis's strong winds have left the city in almost complete destruction, where the death toll has topped 45 with many still missing.

All Weather News
More
National Park Week: Get Out and Explore

National Park Week: Get Out and Explore

National Park Week started Saturday, April 20

22 Apr 2024 4:00 PM
Monday, April 22nd - Earth Day!

Monday, April 22nd - Earth Day!

If you're following along with our National P

22 Apr 2024 3:55 PM
Cold Front Sparks Storms in Texas Tuesday

Cold Front Sparks Storms in Texas Tuesday

Temperatures were a bit chilly to start Monda

22 Apr 2024 3:50 PM
Late Week: Multiple Days of Severe Weather

Late Week: Multiple Days of Severe Weather

The spring season often means rounds of stron

22 Apr 2024 1:25 PM
Storms Along Florida Front Through Monday

Storms Along Florida Front Through Monday

Severe storms tore through portions of North

22 Apr 2024 1:20 PM
Double Trouble: Cicadas Take to the Skies this Spring

Double Trouble: Cicadas Take to the Skies this Spring

It’s the soundtrack to the summer. Nature’s n

22 Apr 2024 1:15 PM
Clipper Blows Through the Northern Plains

Clipper Blows Through the Northern Plains

Alberta Clippers are known for being fast-mov

22 Apr 2024 10:40 AM