On The Summit Again

2011-01-06 21:48:45.000 – Rebecca Scholand,  Summit Intern

This is not Florida, and I could not be happier! Arriving back on the summit after finishing my last semester of school is an incredible feeling. After this past summer as an intern I knew I needed to come back. Starting as one of the new winter interns I am extremely happy to resume working for the Observatory again. Yesterday’s shift change brought me back as if I had not missed a shift. Yes, I made the trip to the summit in the snow tractor, the tower and observatory walls were painted, and it was about 45 degrees colder, winds were stronger, and there was ice everywhere, but the tower’s staircase was a brilliant red, and the thermoshack was still doing its job. I have to say it was great to see the thermoshack hanging covered in rime ice in the frame I welded this past summer. However, I didn’t have much time to recount on past projects, as a started some new ones today. This morning I ascended the tower to start dissecting the static pitot tube anemometer control box and disconnecting all the wires so that Brian and I could remove it from the tower and see what was causing the recent recording errors. Brian, Mike, Ryan and I started to take a look at what could be wrong, but haven’t figured it out yet. We are looking forward to the new anemometer, which is hopefully arriving this weekend. All I can say is that it is good to be back!


Rebecca Scholand,  Summit Intern

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