The wind blew boisterously throughout the Greater Boston area Wednesday, forcing motorists to keep a tight grip on their steering wheels, and for pedestrians to squint their eyes, hold onto their hats, and wipe tears from their cheeks as they walked outside.
Wind gusts reached 50 to 60 miles per hour in some areas of Massachusetts on Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service. The strongest gusts were observed in Lawrence (60 miles per hour), Milton (59 miles per hour), Logan Airport in Boston (56 miles per hour), and Worcester (55 miles per hour).
So . . . has it been more windy than usual lately?
“Nope,” said Bill Simpson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “This is not that unusual. It was windy yesterday, but it’s not like it’s that unusual.”
Up in New Hampshire, the staff at the Mount Washington Observatory reported a peak wind gust of 116 miles per hour Thursday morning.
“The winds of winter won’t let up!” they tweeted. “Peak gust of 116 mph today, with 100+mph winds occurring every 3.6 days on average since all the way back to November!”
Because of the gusty winds and low humidity, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for Southern New England on Thursday, which was to be in effect from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. this evening.
The weather service said to be prepared for wind gusts up to reach up to 35 miles per hour.
“A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly,” the weather service said in a statement. “Any fires that start may spread rapidly and become difficult to extinguish.”