Some Interesting Weather

2008-03-09 06:11:39.000 – Mike Finnegan,  IT Observer

Well, the beginning of the weather we were not so much looking forward to came yesterday. After a bit of a drizzle in the morning, we were given a brief respite before the second storm system came upon us. During that time, we were fortunate enough to experience a complete undercast. This is like an upside-down overcast; there is a continuous layer of cloud below you, and one that you are unable to see any ground beneath. We are past that now, and have been in the clouds with rain for several hours. We were actually able to code heavy rain at the 4 o’clock observation! It is certainly a sad time seeing the fog and rain eat all the snow. With a cold front trailing this low pressure system, it will be an icy summit in the near future. Despite the miserable weather, we started and ended the day on positive notes, thanks to our awesome volunteers. Greg started us off with an incredible breakfast of Eggs Benedict, complete with Canadian bacon, which he brought up, and hollandaise sauce as well as toast with delicious homemade strawberry jam. It certainly kept us warm and energized throughout the day! The night ended with several intense games of bago, a game John brought with him, which originates from the Midwest. It is basically a cross between horse shoes and bean bags, and is great fun.

Waking up this morning, things had changed a bit. For one, Kyle and I woke up groggily at 4:00 instead of the usual 5:00 due to the time change. In terms of weather, the rain had turned to light snow, the high temperatures had dropped to the lower single digits, and winds had ramped up to averaging in the upper 90s, with gusts well over the century mark continuously. As of 6:00 AM, we have topped out at 114 mph! It is shaping up to be an interesting day.


Mike Finnegan,  IT Observer

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