2006-04-08 04:19:28.000 – Tim Markle,  Chief Observer

Snow Drifts on Five Mile

Yesterday was a tricky forecast as a southwest flow and temperatures climbing to around 30 degrees shed some doubt as to what type of precipitation would fall on the summit yesterday. Luckily the precipitaiton fell as all snow (1.9′), albeit a heavy, wet snow. There was no need to worry about falling ice, or deicing globs of glaze ice from freezing rain!

The latest wintry weather is now departing the summit as high pressure tries to build in and scour the clouds and lingering snow showers away. Once the clouds move away from the summit, I am sure that the Presidentials will look in mid-winter form. The wet snow, mixed with a decent accumulation of rime ice, has packed in and taken hold on the rocks and other natural and artificial objects home to the higher summits. Not much snow has blown around overnight, and hopefully it will show. It will be a nice change to see a pure, bright covering as opposed to the gray and brown hues that usually accompanies spring.

This forecasted break in the stormy weather will mean a chance for the crew to get out an explore the landscape. Since Wednesday, we have all been inside working on an array of physical improvements to the Observatory side of the building. John Lind is back and is diligently working to make life atop the rockpile easier for all those who call it home. While John slaves away throughout the building, Anthony slaves away in the kitchen. Okay, ‘slaves away’ may not be the best phrase for Anthony, as he is accomplished chef who owns a restaurant outside of NYC. Needless to say, the crew has been spoiled by the seemingly effortless work of Anthony to create (and present) delictable four star meals!

Many of you have written to us asking about the snow that fell this past Tuesday. Here are some pictures of the upcoming crew’s trip up the Auto Road. When you are stuck in a snow tractor for what seems like hours, what else can you do but take pictures and enjoy the scenery?! The first picture is of Madison,, followed by Adams,, and finally, Jefferson,.


Tim Markle,  Chief Observer

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