2010-11-06 15:18:52.000 – Stacey Kawecki, Observer and Meteorologist
stuck in the middle
Our shift is often preoccupied with food. Those of you who frequently read the Observer’s Comments or have had the opportunity of cooking for us know this. Maybe this preoccupation (and the fact that I hadn’t yet eaten breakfast) is why the first thing I thought when I ventured outside was ‘It’s a sandwich!’.
Today was one of the first days that I had to truly let my eyes adjust to the darkness. Once they did, I pretty much oohed and aah-ed throughout the entire observation. Clouds beneath the summit blocked out most of the lights from the surrounding towns and the clouds above the summit looked like a slow motion churning river, with smooth waves and virga.
The ease with which I walked around the deck was a pleasant change from yesterday’s spitting rain and southerly winds. As the rime crunched beneath my shoes, I drew in deep breathes and wondered (as I wandered) how long the this would last. The most obvious thing to do was look at the models – they say that the summit should be in the clear for the rest of today, all of tonight and tomorrow, and most of tomorrow night! Then it will get warm again. The other crew will blame us for melting all their snow again and so the vicious cycle continues.
Stacey Kawecki, Observer and Meteorologist