Roller Coaster Ride of Weather

2013-09-09 17:18:32.000 – Tom Padham,  Summit Intern

A sleet drift late in the day Sunday

This week has been a roller coaster ride of weather, with winds ranging from nearly calm to 85 miles per hour, and the summit seeing rain, sleet, freezing rain, and even small hail all in a single day (Sunday). Yesterday we were below freezing for most of the day, allowing for rime and glaze ice to coat the top 500 feet or so of the summit. This small taste of winter was short lived however, as temperatures rebounded very nicely today from 26 degrees to the mid-40s.

The roller coaster ride looks to continue, with a very strong warm front approaching the area tomorrow. Strong storms could be possible tomorrow with gusty winds and small hail. Regardless of gusty winds from any thunderstorms, winds are expected to ramp up to near hurricane force (over 74 mph) with higher gusts by the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to soar into the 60s on the higher summits for Wednesday, possibly breaking a record high for the day, and strong thunderstorms could be possible once again. So as you can see there could be some very interesting weather going on over the next 48 hours!

 

Tom Padham,  Summit Intern

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