Summer has ‘officially’ arrived on the Summit

2012-06-21 21:23:12.000 – Roger Pushor,  Weather Observer/IT Specialist

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Schools out and summer is finally ‘officially’ here and the Tourist season on the Summit is in full swing. I took a few minutes to drop down to the Museum this morning and chat with Anthony for a bit. With the heavy fog this morning most of the guests had come up on the Cog.

It’s always interesting to chat with the guests especially to hear the reasons they make the trek to the Summit – For some it’s to experience the high winds for others it’s the view on a clear day. On a windy day like today you can always expect to see several guests on the West end of the deck by the Observation Tower facing into the wind getting their picture taken.

We spent most of the day in the fog today with the cloud bases at roughly 5000 feet. Until noon time the winds ranged from 40 to nearly 70 miles per hour – The perfect day to experience moderate winds on the Summit. After being on the Summit crew for nearly a year now I’ve gotten used to the winds and on days when it’s blowing less than 15 miles per hour it gets little eerie around here. I am hoping for at least one good day with winds in the 15-20 mile per hour range to try a little more Kite Aerial Photography. Coming up the mountain for shift change one of this week’s volunteers asked if the kites were for science or just fun – I assured her it was pure science

 

Roger Pushor,  Weather Observer/IT Specialist

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