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The Damaging New England Windstorm of 25-26 February 2010
Stacie Hanes and Jim Hayes

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The strongest wind gusts occurred with the passage of the surface trough. Mid-latitude cyclones frequently produce strong winds in New England during the cool season. Even so, storm damage of this magnitude is uncommon, even in New England.

Three peak wind gusts over 90 mph were recorded during this event. Portland International Jetport (PWM) had its highest wind gust ever recorded at 67 mph (Fig 2). It may have been higher, but the sensor failed at the height of the storm.

Figure 2

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