It's official: A
blast of wind hitting 148 mph on Monarch pass has been deemed accurate, setting a wind record for Colorado.
The record gust, out of the west, was recorded at 7:36 p.m. on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
Thunder and light snow accompanied the wicked wind, which included less volatile gusts of 98 and 62 mph in the area after 7 p.m. that night.
The new record bests the previous blast of 147 mph on Jan. 25, 1971, recorded at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder
The weather sensor at the Monarch Pass station stopped recording data later that night when " heating elements stop performing," the weather service said Friday.
Although there was a loss of data, the mishap did not result in "a false spiking up of recorded wind gusts."
The Colorado Division of Aeronautics and the NWS Pueblo concur that the record 148 mph wind gust above Monarch Pass is "true."
The Monarch Pass automated weather station sits above the top of U.S. Highway 50, east of the roadway atop a mountain side at 12,031-feet elevation above sea level.
Go to https://www.codot.gov/programs/aeronautics/co_awos for information on 12 automated weather sites in the Colorado high country.