2010-11-30 14:28:48.000 – Mike Finnegan,  IT Observer

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So here we are at the other end of another shift. We have recently gone back into the fog after a nice respite for a day or two. Erica and I took advantage of the clear skies, low winds, and warm temperatures last night to stroll down the road a piece. The stars were just wonderful since the moon is coming up rather late and were coupled with the city lights below. Erica even saw a few shooting stars, but I continued to look in the wrong place at the wrong time to see them – another time I guess. Having looked earlier in the day at pictures taken from the ISS, it put the wonder of the stars and the vastness of the view towards Portland and beyond into an interesting perspective. It was both great and so very small, all at the same time.

Moving on to this morning, the snowcapped mountains looked very beautiful with a nice pink coloring of high cirrostratus clouds above them and a developing undercast to the SE around to the SW. As the day progressed however, the undercast grew and crept higher up the mountain. The undercast is not the only thing that has been moving upward; so has the mercury in the thermometer. Unfortunately it will continue its upward trend and likely go above the freezing mark, bringing rain or freezing rain rather than the preferred snow to the summits over the next couple days. It is a bit difficult to believe that tomorrow will be December. I just hope things start to switch around weather-wise in the near future. The snow and ice is so close, even in in places, but I can’t help but fear what the next 48 hours will do to it.


Mike Finnegan,  IT Observer

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