2007-06-30 10:09:28.000 – Dan Harnos, Summit Intern
‘Is this really late June?’ is the question the summit staff seem to keep asking ourselves. Awaking this morning to temperatures in the mid 30s with wind chills in the teens certainly didn’t say so. Going from temperatures in the mid 90s in the valley the early part of last week to this certainly was a bit of an adjustment for us all however. Also Jon and I had a bit of an adventure yesterday down in the valley taking care of some maintenance and instrument work, but the return to the summit brought us back to reality quite quickly.
As each new model run comes out and we see temperatures projected to be in the low to mid 30s (and overnight lows in the 20s!) for the next 36 hours or so we can’t help but scratch our heads and wonder where summer is. Being the only current summer intern who hasn’t experienced icing up here, I can’t help but be a little bit excited about the prospects to be quite honest. It’s almost as if this is our punishment however for taking down our icing experiment on Wednesday, as Ken noted in an earlier comment. Possible icing in July? Right now it’s looking that way. We likely won’t hit record lows, yet we still will have to keep an eye on things.
Also, one of our volunteers is having a birthday today (Happy Birthday DJ!) and received a card from a friend wishing her ‘plenty of warm weather and sunshine on the summit!’ At the time she opened the card this morning the visibility was about 15 feet with winds around 60 mph and a temperature of 36 degrees. Well as they always say, it’s the thought that counts.
Dan Harnos, Summit Intern