2006-02-24 04:08:00.000 – Jim Salge,  Observer


Around 5:30 last evening I had suddenly came to the realization that it was still very light out. This simple observation only confirmed a feeling that Ive been trying VERY hard to suppress during the past few warm, snowless weeks in the valley. Spring is comingand the extra two hours of daylight that weve gained since late December are just another sign.

Considering the weak winter that weve had so far, Im not surprised that I have caught a VERY premature case of spring fever, the kind that usually waits until the crocuses pop. After all, it was just a week ago that parts of NH reached 60 degrees!

Id say I need a cure fast, and fortunately Mother Nature has been trying. The last few days have been the longest stretch of below normal temperatures that weve endured this year, and weve picked up a light snowfall every day this week. And now shes going to kick it up a notch! After snow showers today, a clipper tomorrow will bring a bit of heavier snow before more ARCTIC air comes down the pipe Sunday into next week. Air that could be colder than this past weekends up here!

Snow alone would cure my affliction, so the cold is just a bonus. After all, though the days will rapidly grow longer in the coming weeks, the heart of winter will remain on Mount Washington!

A few quick program notes: Thanks to a sponsorship by our friends at Attitash, the Mount Washington Center in North Conway continues vacation week hours through next weekend, open daily with live, interactive broadcasts from the summit at 11:15AM and 2:15PM.

Also, a special program geared towards young (or young at heart) weather enthusiasts called Weather the Weather will be held at 4PM at the Mount Washington Center, hosted by the Observatorys Michelle Cruz!


Jim Salge,  Observer

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