2010-06-07 15:59:52.000 – Stacey Kawecki, Observer and Meteorologist
A world apart
Some days I am overcome with a sense that it is an entirely different world up here. Today was one of those days, with thick, murky fog, gale-force winds, and temperature just below freezing. The webcams provided tantalizing views of blue skies and of a gorgeous, albeit slightly chilly, June morning. The valley reported that there was, indeed, one cloud in the sky – right on top of Mount Washington!
Visitors to the summit were in for a rude awakening. The pleasant 60 – 70 degree, sunny weather in the valley was in stark contrast to the wet, cold, windy, foggy summit weather. It’s not going to get any warmer for the next few days. High pressure building from the west will prolong northwest flow, keeping temperatures on the summit below normal for this time of year.
Temperatures may be below normal, but the weather the summit is experiencing is by no means out of the ordinary for June. The ice has melted, but it might reappear as temperatures dip into the upper twenties overnight! Brrr! At least the exciting weather gives our new interns the opportunity to experience the real Mount Washington.
Stacey Kawecki, Observer and Meteorologist