Warmer Days Ahead!
2016-06-11 16:06:16.000 – Tom Padham, Weather Observer/Meteorologist
After a few chilly days on the summit with nearly 2 inches of snow, I find myself looking forward to much warmer conditions as we get into the heart of summer. Personally, I enjoy getting out and hiking during the warmer months, and this time of year is especially scenic since the alpine flowers are in bloom. The species of plants that do manage to grow above tree line are extremely hardy, so hopefully the recent snow and ice had little effect. It is amazing to think that most of these plants spend more than half the year covered in snow and ice, only to spend a few short months growing and preparing for the next long winter.
Looking at the weather over the next few days, another storm system will dive south out of Canada and head into the Gulf of Maine Sunday, with temperatures likely falling below freezing on the summit. This will result in upslope-enhanced showers of mixed precipitation by the afternoon, with some light accumulation of snow and sleet possible. Strong winds will also make a return, with hurricane force gusts expected Sunday and into Monday morning. This storm system will slowly pull away from the area to the northeast Monday and Tuesday, with high pressure bringing a return to more June-like weather by mid-week. Beyond this, high pressure looks to dominate the weather pattern heading toward next weekend. Should be great weather to go for a hike and visit the summit!
Tom Padham, Weather Observer/Meteorologist