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Where is the windiest place on Earth?
Bbc.com reports: Oklahoma, Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and a small island off the coast of Australia are all in the running. There are several places that could lay claim to the title of Earth's windiest spot. It depends on exactly which measure of windiness you look at. These are the contenders. Barrow Island - Situated off the north-west coast of Australia, this little island has seen some strong breezes. On 10 April 1996, an unmanned weather station there recorded a gust of wind that reached 253 miles per hour (408km/h). According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), it is the strongest gust of wind ever recorded... Oklahoma... Tornadoes are "the most violent of all atmospheric storms," according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, US. While they can happen all over the world, the US gets far more than anywhere else, particularly in the south-eastern states known as "Tornado Alley".On 27 April 2011, 207 tornadoes formed within 24 hours. Oklahoma is the home of the WMO record for highest tornadic wind speed: 302 mph was recorded near Bridge Creek on 3 May 1999. While these storms can brew some seriously strong winds, they don't last long. But there is a place that is extremely windy all year round. Southern Ocean ... Ask any round-the-world sailor and they will quickly tell you the stormiest seas, stirred by the strongest winds, are found in the Southern Ocean... Antarctica ... Antarctica is home to unusual winds: katabatic, or downslope, winds. They are created by a combination of its cold climate and the shape of the continent... From February 1912 to December 1913, scientists measured the wind speed at Cape Denison, a rocky point at the head of Commonwealth Bay in east Antarctica. To this day it is recognised as the windiest sea level station on Earth...
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