2009-01-26 17:48:08.000 – Jeffrey Viel, Summit Intern
Today I woke up at 6:30 in the morning to see the sunrise. As I walked out onto the deck, I immediately felt a dangerously low wind chill. Luckily, it wasn’t too windy, relatively speaking. The winds only reached 40 to 50 mph. Since I began my stay here at the Observatory, I’ve learned that everything truly is relative on Mt. Washington. As I made my way over to the opposite side of the deck, I hid behind a huge concrete ventilation unit. Camera in hand, I began snapping multiple pictures. We had a beautiful under cast sky, and a barely visible cap cloud developing over the mountain. The colors were popping, with a faint violet on the lowest layer of clouds. Over my two week stay on the mountain, I’ve helped out with observations, de-iced the equipment, forecasted, and met a lot of friendly people. Although I may be heading back to school Wednesday, this certainly won’t be the last time that I visit the observatory. It truly was a unique experience.
Jeffrey Viel, Summit Intern