Old wind record blown away on Grandfather Mountain

A wind speed that occured very early Monday morning on Linville's Grandfather Mountain set a new record. (Grandfather Mountain)

A wind speed that occurred very early Monday morning on Linville's Grandfather Mountain set a new record.

At about midnight a wind gust of 124 mph that lasted three seconds was recorded at the Mile High Swinging Bridge by the park's weather recording station.

"We have the humidity of a rain forest and the winds of the arctic," said Amy Renfranz, director of education for the mountain.

The previous record was recorded on February 13th, at 121.3 mph.

Renfranz said "there is no damage to the trees and other plants at the ridge line," and that a recording of high wind gusts a few weeks ago set off some alarms. 

Grandfather Mountain is an active member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and reports daily temperatures, precipitation and weather events from nearby the mountain's peak.

The temperature at the mountain is typically 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the flatlands below.