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2010-01-22 17:02:03.000 – Stacey Kawecki,  Observer and Meteorologist

arctic dunes

It doesn’t get much better than this! It is the kind of day that lures observers and interns out of the building and into the bright sunshine. Temperature rose to a balmy 25 degrees and winds diminished to a mere whisper. I went out just after noon. I started down the Mount Washington Auto Road (well, you can’t really see the road anymore. It’s more akin to an un-groomed ski slope). I walked to just above the Cow Pasture and basked in the warmth of the seemingly arctic desert.

The snow drifted into dunes that broke up the apparent hardpan of the rime and made the walk back up slightly more challenging, and way more rewarding. By the time I reached the summit, I was down to my fleece, sans mittens. Everyone was able to venture outside today, whether a quick walk down the road or to the Lakes of the Clouds hut. At least today it’s safe to say we earned our dinner!

 

Stacey Kawecki,  Observer and Meteorologist

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