A lot of history has been made at the Carrier Dome over the years, but there is one record that makes it stand out in a meteorological sense. The Carrier Dome holds a record wind speed of 105 mph, a speed recorded in January 2012.
First Alert Chief Meteorologist Wayne Mahar scaled the Dome to report on this extreme wind that was not the result of a severe thunderstorm or tornado.
The 105 mph wind blew away the previous record of 78 mph.
Mahar says the 105 mph wind is on par with the gusts many felt during the Labor Day storm of 1998, the same wind speed youâ??d feel in an EF1 tornado or a Category 2 hurricane.
The National Weather Service lists the highest recorded wind in Syracuse at 77 mph. That was during the Labor Day Storm. The second highest wind was 63 mph in January 2012, the same time the Carrier Dome recorded that 105 mph gust.
Wayne Mahar explains the phenomena: â??I think we all know, it can get windy in Syracuse and CNY, and we probably also realize that you go 164 feet up on top of the Carrier Dome, and its even more windy,â?? Mahar said. â??Butâ?¦ a 105 mph wind like last year? Thatâ??s something specialâ?¦not just Mother Nature.â??
Wayne goes on to explain that the Carrier Dome may be the cause of the 105 mph gust.
â??Winds blow up and over the top of the Dome. Air is compressed, and as itâ??s compressed, the speed of the air increasesâ?? Itâ??s estimated the â??actualâ?? wind speed was 60-70 mph (Matter of fact, at the same time the Carrier Dome anemometer recorded that 105 mph wind gust, Hancock Airport winds peaked at 62 mph). The biggest factor for that 105 mph wind is the shape of the Dome, with that fast flowing air compressing over the top, the effective wind speed increased to 105 mph.â??
This type of wind is unusual for Central New York and almost anywhere else. That wind gust could have ripped the lid right off the loud house. The strong winds over the top of the Dome created something called the Bernoulli Effect. Wayne Mahar explains the Bernoulli Effect. â??Strong winds blow up and over the top of the Dome which lower air pressure just above the Dome,â?? Mahar said. â??That means air pressure becomes higher just below the roof of the Dome literally trying to push the roof off!â??
â??Yes, it gets windy here in CNY, but when you get 100+ mph winds, whether measured on top of the Carrier Dome or from a Derecho like the infamous Labor Day Stormâ?¦ thereâ??s only one way to describe thatâ?¦ thatâ??s extreme wind!â??