173mph Winds in Northern California Snowstorm


High winds whipped the Sierra on Sunday as an atmospheric river bringing rain and snow moved through Northern California.

The most impressive gusts blew at 173 mph on a Squaw Valley summit and 175 mph atop a peak in Alpine Meadows.

These bursts were far stronger than the 110 mph winds that were forecast to be the record-breakers for the day.

What’s more, they would have been tornado had they been cyclonic and sustained.

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Source: SF Gate