March at the Top

2014-01-10 15:20:52.000 – Mike Carmon,  Weather Observer/Education Specialist

A March Scene

It’s hard to believe that after last week’s arctic temperatures, we are likely to break a record high on the summit tomorrow. Although it’s the dead of winter, temperatures in excess of 40 degrees are not unheard of (although, not common, by any means). Generally speaking, wintertime begins to take hold on the summit in late October, and does not loosen its grip until late April.

Are you looking to experience (in person) this awe-inspiring environment that is Mount Washington’s winter? Well, as a matter of fact, we can provide that experience for you, by way of our Winter Day Trips and EduTrips! And believe it or not, it’s not too late to sign up and claim your spot.

There are still spots open for three of our winter overnight trips, or EduTrips, all of which take place in March. From a closer look at the life and work on top of Mount Washington, to an examination of the geology of the Presidential Range, there are lots of exciting topics to choose from! If you’re not up for the overnight experience, then try out our Day Trips instead, with only March openings left on these as well.

And if you don’t think March can dish it out like January or February can, think again! After all, the average temperature is only 12.8 degrees F, with an average wind speed of 40.3 mph for the month. Did you know that March is our second snowiest month, with an average monthly snowfall total of 45.1 inches? As a matter of fact, March 2013 saw 69.9 inches of snow fall on the summit!

March may go out like a lamb in other locations, but certainly not on Mount Washington. So don’t miss your shot to immerse yourself in this dramatic winter weather by signing up for an EduTrip or Day Trip!

See you in a few months!


Mike Carmon,  Weather Observer/Education Specialist

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