2011-01-23 20:46:52.000 – Mike Finnegan, IT Observer
It is cold, no matter how you look at it. As of now, the thermograph is reading -31.7F and winds are gusting into the 70 mph range and the temperature continues to fall. Every step outside is accompanied by the telltale squeak of arctic cold snow and every breath freezes the hairs inside one’s nose (unless of course you are breathing through your mouth). It’s temperatures like these where boiling water can turn to snow and stars shine brilliantly in the cold, dry air. Smiles for cameras turn to stiff, goofy looking facial expressions and fine motor skills deteriorate rapidly. Frostbite can occur in just slightly longer then it takes to say the word. It is one of the extremes not often seen here on the mountain and excites everyone around, while at the same time causing dread of the sling psychrometer. If nothing else, it is an efficient way of becoming awake at 5:30 in the morning! Luckily for us, we will begin warming up not long after sunrise and expect to be close to a balmy 15-below by this time tomorrow night! We’ll be sure to let you know exactly how cold we get tonight, so check back in tomorrow.
Mike Finnegan, IT Observer