2007-10-20 08:20:09.000 – Kyle Paddleford, Observer
The Signature of a Cold Front
As forecasted by the summit staff, the daily record high of 53 degrees set in 1947 was equaled yesterday just ahead of the cold front. I should mention that this record was also equaled in 1965. It did not come as too much of a surprise to the crew with all the unseasonably warm temperatures as of late. Plus, this shift always gets the warm temperatures, while the other shift gets the cold. The previous statement has been said many times before and actually holds quite true.
Temperatures dropped 9 degrees in 15 minutes with the passage of the cold front. The front passed right before our last synoptic observation for the day and one of the elements is the 24 hour high and low temperatures. The timing of the front was such that the daily high and low temperatures occurred within about a hour of one another. Although not rare by any means, it goes against the typical notion that the low temperature will occur in the morning and the high temperature will occur in the afternoon hours.
We did pick up a decent amount of precipitation with this storm, 2.67” to be exact, and this is good news because we have been on the dry side for the past few months. You can look at the F-6 to see for yourself. This storm has not relieved our precipitation deficit for the year, but it sure is nice to get a decent rain storm. I think we all would have preferred snow, but at this point beggars can’t be choosers.
Kyle Paddleford, Observer