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What is the highest recorded wind speed?

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The highest recorded non-tornadic wind speed is 253 mph, which was recorded during the tropical cyclone Olivia, a category 4 cyclone, at Barrow Island, Australia on April 10, 1996. The record was officially confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization in 2010, 14 years after it was recorded.

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The previous world record for highest wind speed of 231 mph was recorded at Mount Washington in New Hampshire. It was recorded in April 1931. A Doppler weather radar recorded a wind gust with a speed of 318 mph in 1999 during an F5 tornado in Oklahoma City. However, records by Doppler radar are not considered official.

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