2006-03-27 06:02:25.000 – Neil Lareau,  Observer

Indoor Sunrise

Green twilight is growing on the horizon and back lighting four evenly spaced and very thin altocumulus standing lenticulars clouds. They are the only clouds in the sky. Bursts of heavy blowing snow are ripping southeastward across the summit and blurring the outlines of the buildings. Nelson crag is sporting its typical spindrift, which in the predawn light looks a lot like an eraser smudge. In the greater illumination of the halogen lamp on the deck, the plumes of blowing snow reveal a more complex nature of tumbling eddies.

With the sun now risen, the train of blowing snow over ball crag perfectly demonstrates lee-slope separation eddies where flow is visible in the exact opposite direction of the prevailing wind.

Inside: An interior door which is usually closed was left open allowing for the low angle light of the morning sun to flood down the hallway into the weather room. These rays fell incident along a large relief map of northern New England creating a simultaneous scale representation of the actual event going on outside. The miniature molded plastic mountains shared, perhaps for the first time ever, in the majesty that was unfolding outside. The only flaw in the representation was the shadow cast by the doorframe across all of Vermont. Sorry Vermont, no sun for you today.


Neil Lareau,  Observer

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