March – In Like a Lion – Out Like a Lamb
2013-03-30 20:47:38.000 – Roger Pushor, Weather Observer/IT Specialist
Here on the summit, March came in like a lion with the first eight days having snow at some point during the day. Even after receiving nearly 69 inches of snow in March, you can start to feel that spring is in the air with nearly an hour and a half added to the length of day and warmer temperatures.
Today was a nearly perfect early spring day here on the summit with temperatures in the upper teens and winds from the northwest in the 25 to 40 mile per hour range all day. As I did my hourly observations, I saw a number of hikers at the summit sign and on the observation deck. If you are planning on coming to the summit in the next few weeks, you should keep in mind that while the valley may have temperature in the 40’s and 50’s, the summit will still have temperatures in the teens to twenties (or colder) with wind chills of ten above to ten below on a regular basis. So as a reminder, bring plenty of layers, and check the weather forecast and avalanche advisory before heading out.
Roger Pushor, Weather Observer/IT Specialist