A Winter Week
2012-02-29 00:48:16.000 – Mike Carmon, Weather Observer/Meteorologist
As Steve was saying in his comment from the other day, it’s certainly been a winter week for our shift!
We’ve experienced hurricane force winds every day except for one, and we’ve also witnessed winds in excess of 100 mph for three out of the eight days, with our peak coming on Sunday at 111 mph. Snow has fallen every day, and we’ve totaled 15.3 inches over this past week–one of our highest weekly totals this winter season.
Temperatures, on the other hand, started out averaging well above normal during the first part of our shift. However, after the weekend’s winter storm, they have come back down to earth, and have averaged at- or below- normal for the past three days.
The result of all of this winter is a brilliantly white landscape that was visible once the fog lifted. Over the past few winters, I’ve taken the white backdrop for granted around here. However, the white setting has been much more transient during this peculiar winter we’re experiencing, so it’s nice to see things somewhat back to normal around here.
The month of March averages 54.1 inches of snow on the summit, so we potentially have plenty of winter left!
Mike Carmon, Weather Observer/Meteorologist