2009-12-11 12:42:57.000 – Mary Ellen Dunn, Summit Intern
A Frozen Tower!
Brrrrr! As I am writing this, temperatures are 5 degrees below zero and winds are blowing strong around 80 mph creating a wind chill of about -45 degrees. The best part is that it seems it will get even colder and windier here on the summit over the next 24 hours or so. A strong pressure gradient over the region is expected to increase winds this evening, gusting near the century mark, and continue to usher in frigid below zero temperatures.
Along with the arrival of these cold temperatures and strong westerly flow, lingering moisture in the atmosphere has kept the summit in the fog, the past few days, with on and off snow showers. Snow has been blowing all around the summit creating deep drifts wherever it lands. Shoveling those pesky 4 foot snow drifts at the front door, has quickly become part of our morning routine here on the summit. It’s certainly some good exercise and with our volunteers this week, Mike and Sue, cooking some delicious meals, we are definitely keeping up our strength!
Mary Ellen Dunn, Summit Intern