More Night Shift Ramblings

2012-11-18 22:57:40.000 – Steve Welsh,  Weather Observer/IT Specialist


This is turning into an incredible week of nights for me. Apart from a very brief interlude of some pesky fog late Friday night I’ve been blessed with crystal clear skies and some amazing star gazing. So far no Aurora Borealis sightings but I have seen quite a few ‘shooting stars’ – the Leonids meteor shower peaked on the 17th. The incredible night sky is definitely the best thing about working the night shift.

Considering the time of year it is really amazing that we’ve seen no precipitation whatsoever this shift along with light winds and hardly any fog. Looking at our averages for November we usually pick up just over 40 inches of snow and around 10 inches of water equivalent – so far this month we have recorded 6.1 inches of snow and only 1.15 inches of water equivalent – no doubt things will change soon but that’s quite a deficit to make up.

In other news MWO is proud to be partnering with the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce (JACC) on a snowfall contest. Purchase a ticket for $2 and register you prediction of the day and time that Jackson, NH will receive its first 6 inches of snow in a single storm. If your prediction is correct, you’ll win half of the ticket sale proceeds! The other half will be split equally between the Observatory and the JACC. For more information visiting and click on the snowflake in the upper left corner of the home page!


Steve Welsh,  Weather Observer/IT Specialist

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