At the end of my last shift, I left on Tuesday night instead of the usual Wednesday afternoon. With the storm that was moving in, I am a little nervous about transportation on the road on that Wednesday. Now, normally, I wouldn't be nervous because if I happen to get stuck on the mountain an extra day, it's not really a huge deal. However, on Thurday morning the 29th, I had a flight scheduled out of Boston to head west to visit my father and fellow AccuWeather.com blogger Ken Clark.
Because of that early departure, I didn't get a chance to post a few pictures I took during my last shift. So, I want to take some time to do that now. First up are some very interesting clouds that we were able to see after suddenly breaking out of the fog on Thursday morning December 22. The clouds in the pictures are a combination of some building cumulus on top of the Wildcat Ridge, with some lenticulars right above them:
Next up is a picture from Christmas Eve. My fellow observer, Ryan, had a really cool idea to decorate the sign that marks the geographical summit of Mount Washington with Christmas lights. He used some strings of regular Christmas lights, and powered them using a car jumper (for lack of better term). The shots I took didn't turn out nearly as well as his, mostly due to him having a camera that was more capable of capturing the moments. You can view his photos on the Observatory's page on Facebook. Here is the one shot from my camera, of the sign that marks the geographical summit of Mount Washington, that turned out anywhere close to decent:
Christmas Day on the summit turned out to be beautiful. It was windy and rather cold, but visibility was fantastic, and this led to a cloudless, but colorful sunset. Visibility in this shot is as good as it gets from here, and that's about 130 miles. The mountains you are seeing on the horizon are mostly in Vermont, but some are as far away as the Adirondacks of New York:
Last up is a very colorful sunrise on December 27th:
Check back tomorrow for pictures from my most recent shift on the mountain, which is coming to a close tomorrow.
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Residents from the Gulf Coast to the interior South continued to bear the brunt of damaging impacts from Cindy on Thursday, including dangerous surf, flash flooding, tornadoes and strong winds.
After temperatures soared to 29-34 C (84-94 F) across Germany late this week, a welcome period of more seasonable conditions is on the horizon.
While a surge in warmth and humidity will lead to downpours and gusty storms in the northeastern United States into early Saturday, much cooler air will soon follow.
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala around 6:31 a.m. Thursday (8:31 a.m. EDT), the U.S. Geological Survey reports.
Even though Cindy is inland and weakening, the risk of flooding and severe thunderstorms will continue along the central Gulf Coast and part of the interior South.
Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning along the border of Texas and Louisiana.
The longest heat wave in more than 20 years in the United Kingdom peaked on Wednesday with temperatures again topping 32 C (90 F) in parts of southern England.