Life and Death of a Snowman

2012-06-07 19:16:39.000 – Adam Brainard,  Summit Intern

Frosty through the ages (days)

The following is an inspiring tale of the life and death of one Frosty the snowman; a treasured guest enjoyed by our summit staff the past few days.

His life began from a weather disturbance that dropped 2.2″ of snow on our summit (in addition to rain and sleet); and over 3″ of rain in the valleys below. Snow is not altogether uncommon this time of year; June receives an average of 1.2″ of snow from year to year; but to receive 2.2″ in a single storm is a refreshing item to note. Interns gathered snow from across the observatory deck to create Frosty’s jolly, pudgy self; and breathed life into his form with coal eyes, buttons, and a carrot nose. Frosty was born Monday, June 4, and quickly lit up the internet with his winning smile and fashionable figure.

Tuesday brought Frosty to his prime. The sun shone dimly through a cold fog; and our interns (top right) posed happily with their masterpiece. Frosty continued to delight audiences on the world-wide web, and cool temperatures limited melting on his pristine physique.

Wednesday was a hard day in Frosty’s life. He was forced to bid farewell to his creators and family, and was introduced to the shift who would accompany him the rest of his life. His popularity on the internet waned, although he began to entertain a few visitors on the summit. The weather was harsh, as warmer temperatures and occasional showers with rain and ice gnawed his exterior. Although the day ended with a comforting snow shower, the damage had been done; and Frosty forever lost his distinguished carrot nose and smile.

Frosty left this world on Thursday June 7th. Temperatures surged into the 40s, and periods of both sunshine and rain proved to be too inhospitable for even the most resilient snow creature. His passing should not be met with mourning, but respect. Mount Washington weather is volatile at all times of the year. Conditions can be very different at the summit than in the valley, and while weather can be dangerous and deadly, it can also bring beauty. A respect for both extremes will bring a life spent safely enjoying the splendors Mount Washington and the world have to offer.


Adam Brainard,  Summit Intern

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