Monday, September 23, 2013

Maybe The First Bit Of White on Mountain Summits?

As skies clear a bit today, take a gander at the highest mountain peaks in New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.
Mount Washington Observatory posted
on its Facebook page this shot of this wintry
morning up therre on Mount Washington.  

There's a chance you might see a bit of white on the high tippy-tops of the tallest, northern mountains, like Mount Marcy, Whiteface, Mount Mansfield, Jay Peak and especially Mount Washington and the Presidential Range in New Hampshire.

As of early this morning, the temperature atop Mount Mansfield was 31 degrees and the summit was in the clouds.

That's a recipe for some rime ice to form way up near the top. It's not snow, of course, but maybe it's enough to see a little white on the summit when the cloud ceiling rises.

Mount Washington, New Hampshire reported just under an inch of new snow overnight and a good accumulation of rime ice this morning

Of course, a bit of white on New England and Adirondack mountain summits this time of year is not the least bit unusual. It happens most years in late September.

In fact, it's been know to snow a bit even in the valleys this time of year. The earliest snow flurries on record in Burlington, Vermont came on September 20 1956 and on the same date in 1991. The average date of the first flurry in Burlington is October 15, according to the National Weather Service.

It may seem chilly and damp and gray outside this morning, but don't worry. Unless you're on top of a mountain, you won't see any snow, and the rest of the week is going to be gorgeous in New England.

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