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My Favorite Pictures, Part 3: Storms

October 2, 2012; 5:33 PM ET

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Today I want to share some pictures that I took during three particularly memorable storms that I experienced during my time on Mount Washington. These may not be the most extreme in any particular way, but each one was interesting in its own way.

Starting in chronological order, here are a few pictures from an early season storm in October 2009. This particular storm caused a significant amount of hard glaze ice to form on everything around the summit. These pictures were taken after the worst of the storm had passed, on October 9, 2009:

Because it was an early season storm, we happened to have the Observatory truck on the summit at the time. It too got covered in a significant amount of glaze ice:

The last two storms I want to highlight with pictures both occurred during the winter of 2010. The first storm was in late February 26, 2010, and it was particularly memorable because of the snow the combination of heavy snowfall and some of the strongest (if not THE strongest) winds that I have ever experienced. These pictures were taken on February 26, 2009, after the bulk of the storm had passed. Here is what it looked like when I opened the door to the main entrance of the building that we are housed in:

That drift was about 4 or 5 feet tall, and comprised of some very dense wind-packed snow. This picture puts it in perspective a bit, but keep in mind that I am standing on a least a foot or two of snow:

One of our other exits was nearly buried:

Here's what it looked like from the inside looking out:

The last storm I want to highlight occurred just a few weeks later. This storm brought less wind, but more snow. The storm just a few weeks prior had created the biggest drifts I had seen up until that point, but this storm beat that one by quite a bit. Here is what it looked like this time when I opened the door to the front entrance of the building:

This time, the drift was about 5 to 6 feet tall, maybe pushing towards 7 feet in a couple spots. Again, it was made up of very dense, wind-packed snow. Here are a couple shots to give some perspective:

Of course, all that snow had to be shoveled in order to keep the exit clear, so here's what it looked like once all that snow was moved. By the way, it took 5 people about an hour to move it all:

That's it for today. Tomorrow my post will include pictures from some of the best backcountry ski experiences that I've had on Mount Washington.

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