2008-02-18 10:00:55.000 – Brian Clark, Observer
Some melting going on
It’s a soggy, rainy, windy day on the Rockpile. The temperature rose above the freezing mark early this morning causing rime ice to start falling off all the building and structures around the summit. In fact, Ryan was doing his observations with a helmet on last night because of all the falling ice. It seems that wind speeds peaked early this morning as well, with a peak gust of 105 mph. We haven’t seen winds sustained at 100 mph for a significant amount of time yet this season, and although I wasn’t expecting it today, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t hoping for it.
Back in the summer, some of the people in our forums noticed that a link to AccuWeather.com was added to our corporate partners section at the bottom of the website. This was the first step in a partnership that the Observatory has developed with AccuWeather.com. After many months of getting particulars sorted out, this relationship finally came to a completion when my blog on AccuWeather.com went live last Thursday. This is the same blog that I wrote during my time as an intern here at the Observatory during the winter of 2006. This whole relationship came to be mostly because of my ties with AccuWeather. I was a part-time radio broadcaster there for my entire college career and was also a forecasting intern in the summer of 2006. It also helps that my father has been a forecaster and forensic meteorologist at AccuWeather since the mid 70’s.
AccuWeather.com gets over 1 million hits a day from people all over the world, certainly making this an exciting opportunity for the Observatory to gain more publicity, and for people to learn about the natural wonder that is Mount Washington that may otherwise never have known it existed. The Observatory will also benefit in other ways, most notably by having our wonderful website linked from AccuWeather.com at different times of the year.
In other news, the governor of New Hampshire, John Lynch, will be paying the summit a visit tomorrow. So expect to see a report and pictures on that sometime tomorrow!
Brian Clark, Observer