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2013-06-21 18:43:52.000 – Alex Carne,  Summit Intern

June 21st sunrise

Today is an exciting day, it is the summer solstice for the northern hemisphere! The summer solstice marks the first day of summer, and is the longest day of the year here on Mount Washington. The sun rose today at 4:55AM and will set at 8:38PM this evening.

I have always wanted to watch both the sunrise and sunset on the summer solstice, and a high pressure system over the region has provided ideal conditions to do so. I awoke this morning at 4:30AM, layered up, and ventured outside. Mother Nature did not disappoint, as she displayed what was by far the most breathtaking sunrise I have ever witnessed in my life. A layer of alto-stratus clouds lit up from below as the sun crept up, setting the sky on fire. I snapped many photos of the display and made sure to admire the view. I am very excited to head back out this evening for the sunset, after which I will be able to say that I have watched both the sunrise and sunset on the summer solstice.

So far the weather on the mountain has been phenomenal this week, with today marking the third clear day in a row on the summit. I have been lucky and had many chances to venture outdoors through observatory tours and assisting with building maintenance. I look forward to the rest of the week, as weather depending, I will be able to venture out on the first hike of my internship!

 

Alex Carne,  Summit Intern

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