2006-07-04 05:11:22.000 – Ken Rancourt,  Meteorologist

Happy Independence Day!

‘Low pressure located well north of the Great Lakes will slowly move eastward over the next several days. Meanwhile an associated warm front will cross our region this morning—bringing an increase in warmth and humidity. It will be followed by a cold front later this afternoon…’ This was the NOAA New England Summary distributed this Tuesday morning. They could have just copied Sunday’s report and changed the date! A pattern like this — when humidities measured on the summit exceed 90% — mean low clouds just skimming the summit and very low visibilities. We are now reporting a visibility of just 15 miles. Typical “warm sector” conditions.

Over this holiday (extended) weekend we have had many visitors tour the summit facility. Some new members, some ‘old’ members (meaning those that have held membership in the organization for a long time!) and some folks who just wanted to know what we were doing here. The Interns (Kris, Walter, and Rick) conducted many of those tours and responded to a plethora of questions about ‘life on top’, as well as questions about the difference between measuring wind speed in ‘MPH’, ‘KNOTS’, and why not ‘KNOTS PER HOUR’???? Good questions from interested folks.

On the topic of Interns: We have decided to extend our fall internship application deadline by a week. We will now be accepting applications through July 11th. The Observatory is seeking talented and motivated individuals with a passion for weather and mountains to join the summit crew for the fall season (Late August through late December). If you, or someone you know, is interested in such a position, please click here.


Ken Rancourt,  Meteorologist

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