Steuben County agency says -61 wind chill recorded

By The Associated Press

HAMMONDSPORT, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a weather gauge on the shores of one of the Finger Lakes has recorded a wind chill of minus 61.

Officials with the Steuben County Office of Emergency Services tell the Star-Gazette of Elmira that the reading was made at 5 a.m. Tuesday near a beach in Hammondsport, on the southern end of Keuka  Lake, 55 miles southeast of Rochester.

The officials say the temperature at the time was minus 18, with wind gusts of 55 mph.

The National Weather Service questioned the county agency's reading, saying Wednesday it was "very unlikely" the measurement was accurate. The weather service says the lowest wind chill it recorded near Keuka Lake Tuesday morning was minus 35 in Prattsburg, a few miles north of Hammondsport.

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