Great Weather Ahead!
2015-06-13 20:53:10.000 – Nathan Flinchbaugh, Summit Intern
The summer season at Mount Washington is now in full swing. The Cog and the Auto Road are open, as well as our Extreme Mount Washington gift shop and museum downstairs. School is letting out and the first bouts of summer heat and humidity have made their appearance in the Northeast. I’ve always considered June to be one of the most enjoyable times of the year. The feeling of summer warmth is apparent, but the mugginess of July and August has yet to dig its heels in permanently.
Sunday looks to be in fact one of these picture perfect days we all look forward to. While brilliant weather like this is rather rare in New England, they are even less common atop its highest peak. With high pressure sliding directly overhead during the next 24 hours, summits and skies will be clear. Mount Washington is in the clouds on average 60-70% of the year, so to get a string of days virtually free of obstructions to visibility is rather rare for us. In addition, temperatures are on track to reach the mid 50s, which happens to actually be a few degrees above average for this point in the calendar year. This gorgeous weather won’t be here forever that is for sure, in fact models are in concrete agreement we will venture back into the clouds for the start of the workweek. Therefore Sunday is a magnificent opportunity, if you’re in the area, to take in the White Mountains and all the beauty they have to offer.
The Mount Washington Auto Road also has an exciting event on the calendar for Monday. The first installment of Ride to the Sky will be held rain or shine all day. Bikes will rule the road as the Auto Road will be closed to all traffic with the exception of motorcycles! Arrive at the base prior to 10AM and your passengers can ride with you free of charge! If you do not own a bike but still wish to visit the summit, guided tours will still be offered throughout the day. Summit staff has spent time the last few days tailoring the gift shop in anticipation of this event.
This is just the beginning of several fun filled summer events and promotions Mount Washington has planned, and hopefully the start of a beautiful season weather wise too. Now is the time to mark your calendars for a trip to the home of the world’s worst weather. The summit is calling!
Nathan Flinchbaugh, Summit Intern