Good Morning From the Top of New England!

2012-09-08 15:49:03.000 – Mike Dorfman,  Summit Intern


Welcome to a foggy day on top of the Rock Pile! Stepping outside this morning was a harsh reminder of the ever-changing weather on top of this mountain. Yesterday’s clear skies and beautiful views quickly turned into gusty winds and thick fog overnight. I (the new intern) even had to wander around a bit to find the precipitation can outside the building!

Living at the top is a unique experience. In the evening, I’ve found myself in the observer’s quarters downstairs lying back on a couch reading a book, and I rarely even recognize the fact that I’m in such an extreme environment. My bedroom is equipped with 2 sets of windows and a gap of about 10 inches between them, which helps isolate me from the sound of the wind outside. Even on the summit, it is easy to forget that the balmy 50 degree days of summer are slowly fading to the cold and windy days of winter.

Observer Footnote

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Mike Dorfman,  Summit Intern

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