2008-02-13 10:38:11.000 – Charlie Lopresti, Former Observer
The mountain does not disappoint! Brian Bechard and I arrived at the Observatory on Sunday with hopes of wind, cold, snow, sunrises, and sunsets. The mountain delivered! Monday was brutal on the summit. The temperature hit -21 F while winds gusted to 96 MPH. Live television is a challenge in those conditions. Equipment doesn’t work properly, and speaking with a frozen jaw is difficult. The summit broke out of the clouds during our live broadcast Tuesday morning. The sunrise was spectacular! I could easily see Casco Bay 65 miles to the east. Brian and I conducted a fun experiment using a mirror, a skycam, and the sun. We took the Observatory’s bathroom mirror and flashed a signal to our skycam located in Raymond ME. We aired the flashes from the summit on our evening newscast. Wednesday brings more blinding snow and wind. At this point it appears shift change may be delayed a day. The mountain and Mother Nature will be the judge of that. Thank you to the observers, interns, and volunteers for another wonderful visit! Thank you to the (membership supported) Mount Washington Observatory for having us.
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Charlie Lopresti, Former Observer