Happy new Year!
2008-01-01 08:09:42.000 – Stacey Kawecki, Observer
Happy little clouds
Happy New Year everyone! Another year begins, and we can wipe our slates clean. This is the time of year when, usually after a particularly interesting New Year’s Eve, people will make their resolutions. These are the promises people make to themselves and others to make each year healthier and happier than the year before. As for me, I did take a nap after my shift, in order to stay up to ring in the New Year. I think I’ll resolve to not take naps, and NEVER EVER to stay up until midnight when I’m working again.
A couple of weeks ago, actually, about one month ago, we observers had discussed some plans for our New Year’s week. We were under the impression that it would be three observers and one volunteer for the whole week; definitely a quiet week. Well, we were partly correct. The first part of the week was exceptionally quiet. However, we are honored to be hosting 12 students and one professor from Germany. In my defense, who wouldn’t want to stay up with a bunch of interesting students from another country to bring in the New Year? Even though it was a holiday, work did not stop at the summit. Every hour, we still have to do observations. Yesterday was a particularly busy day. We have our live, interactive video connection with the Weather Discovery Center, and on average, do four of these shows called “Live from the Rockpile” each week. We did four in one day yesterday, which was a pretty cool way to celebrate the New Year.
This morning, because the summit cleared just before midnight (it’s a sign!), we were treated to some pretty spectacular views. It’s been awhile since sunrise has occurred, and I’ve been able to witness it, either because of work, or clouds. So a few of us went outside to take some Mountain Shadow pictures. Unfortunately, I know this will not last, and clouds have already begun to increase and lower. Snow is on its way for the afternoon, and winds will pick up again tomorrow.
Northern Presi’s in a new light
A touch of color
Stacey Kawecki, Observer