Snow At Last
2011-10-22 17:51:14.000 – Steve Welsh, Weather Observer/IT Specialist
As Mike alluded to in yesterday’s comment winter has certainly returned to the summit. For me this was the first day, of this new winter season, for performing winter observations – with falling snow, rime ice and snow cover to report. Even recording the amount of precipitation now involves measuring the frozen content before melting it to see what the water equivalent is. It’s been a while, however, for me it’s a nice return as I really prefer the cold to the hot humid weather of summer. Hopefully I’ll be able to get my snow shoes and cross-country skis out soon too!
Today when not outside de-icing I’ve been keeping busy setting up a new database server and calibrating a sonic anemometer. Since high pressure is now building in we should be clearing from the fog tomorrow and so be able to run some wind speed comparison tests using several of our instruments both on the tower and on the deck. It will be nice to spend some time outside tomorrow running these tests and give the computer work a rest for a while.
Well it’s nearly dinner time so I’m off to sample more great food courtesy of our wonderful volunteers.
Steve Welsh, Weather Observer/IT Specialist