The Greatest Gig

2012-10-09 17:28:53.000 – Tim Myers,  Summit Volunteer

Supercooled Sunrise 10/7/2012 6:50 AM

The guidelines for volunteers are published, tried, and true.They work. Previous volunteers know this.

I will share my notes, photos, and asides here.

There is structure in the way work takes place here. Atmospheric science relies on it. Lives of the visitors and staff depend on it.

Help in any small way you can.

Do bring a camera! Pay close attention to witness phenomena of any size.Observe the little things underfoot swords of rime. The observatory tours start with a description of how the mountain accentuates the wind. It is measured in such a small space. The affects are evident above and beyond the summit such as standing lenticular clouds. There were gliders dancing in and around these.

Hikes you take often start with reminders of the past.

Remember to keep looking out and up! The fog does clear. At night you could witness displays of shimmering aurora high above places far away.

You are also very lucky if your stay is during the transition seasonsof Spring or Fall. This is when there is the greatest variety: from supercooled sunrises to snow drifts on top of clouds on top of October leaf peepers in valleys far below.

To those volunteers on the waiting list, get ready for what has to bethe greatest gig on this mountain.

 

Tim Myers,  Summit Volunteer

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