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Record Warmth, on Mount Washington Too!

March 18, 2012; 10:48 PM ET

It's no mystery that temperatures have been very much so on the warm side of average over a large portion of the continental United States. Northern New England, and Mount Washington specifically, have not escaped this warmth, at least in a relative sense.

Believe it or not, today was the first day to see record breaking warmth. The previous record of 37 set in 1945 was broken during the morning hours as temperatures climbed well into the 40's today. Several more daily records will likely be broken through the course of this coming week, and perhaps even the all-time record high for the entire month of March could be challenged on Wednesday. Wednesday will likely be the warmest day of the week, with temperatures pushing to the 50 degree mark on the summit, and maybe even into the lower 50's. The all-time record high for March is 54 degrees, occurring on March 31, 1998. Although I don't think that we will actually break that record, it is certainly a possibility.

So how is all this warmth affecting the snowpack on the mountain? Well, the best way that I can put it is that the mountain is generally looking like it should in mid-April, rather than mid-March. So, we are about a month ahead of schedule. I skied down the mountain on Saturday, and given what I saw, that lends some credence to my previous statement.

The interesting thing about Mount Washington is that winter isn't really said and done until May. Although March will most likely go down in the record book as once of the warmest ever, April or even May could end up being very snow and cold.

I actually am off the mountain right now (that's why I skied down on Saturday), and won't be back again until April 11, because I am taking my first vacation in over a year and a half! I'm planning quite an adventure between now and then. I'll be driving from New Hampshire to Wyoming, then to Colorado, with skiing planned for both locations. Then I will head north to Wisconsin to visit my oldest brother, just before heading to Indiana to visit one of my best friends and his wife. After a quick visit to State College, PA, I'll be back in New Hampshire just in time to head back up the mountain. Between now and then, I will do my best to update a couple of times, and hopefully catch up on some pictures I have to post.

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