Watch a valiant attempt at football in intense winds atop Mount Washington

"Preseason training."

The sun set on the last day of spring, 2013, as seen from the Mount Washington Observatory at the summit of Mount Washington.
The sun set on the last day of spring, 2013, as seen from the Mount Washington Observatory at the summit of Mount Washington. –Mount Washington Observatory

While Boston enjoyed a tranquil summer Sunday, the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire was gripped by winds reaching 85 miles per hour.

Naturally, the Observatory staff at the mountain’s peak decided it was the perfect time for a “preseason” football toss. And now the world knows what happens when you try to throw a football directly into a powerful wind gust, thanks to a tweet from the Observatory:

The staff smartly deployed a spotter to recover the football:

Mount Washington’s summit, which stands at 6,288 feet above sea level, is prone to extreme weather. For almost 62 years, it held a world record for the most powerful wind gust, which was recorded in 1934 and registered 231 miles per hour.

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