2009-12-13 13:55:45.000 – Stacey Kawecki, Observer and Meteorologist
forget sugarplums and give us lenticulars!
Something amazing happened today! We saw the Sun! Well, first we were able to see the stars and the moon, since the summit cleared during the early morning hours. Then, over the southeastern horizon, a big, fat, red blob slowly ascended into view. It took a few seconds for us to figure out what it could possibly be. For the first time since early Wednesday morning (before our shift arrived) the fog disappeared, opening our proverbial eyes to a winter wonderland, not only atop the higher peaks, but also in the surrounding valleys. The ski resorts actually have snow and lights on the slopes and some of the lakes are notably frozen. All the mountain peaks are daintily iced, making our view look more like a fancy gingerbread neighbor hood than a glacially-sculpted, impressive mountain range.
Alas, as Robert Frost once wrote, ‘nothing gold can stay’. Well, our bright golden Sun gradually hid behind thickening clouds since it first showed face this morning and has now been completely obscured by the seemingly omnipresent fog. More snow is on its way as low pressure works its way up the eastern seaboard. Winds overnight won’t quite howl; they will probably more closely resemble groaning. A weak ridge of high pressure will build tomorrow, which will keep temperatures fairly warm, in the low to mid twenties. Winds will be the calmest we’ve seen this week due to a near lack of a pressure gradient and tomorrow we might just get to see our good friend, Sol, again.
Stacey Kawecki, Observer and Meteorologist