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MOUNT Washington!

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Thread Starter 
Wow, did you all see what happened on Mount washington in the past few days! I heard like 4 feet of snow, 130 mile an hour winds, 12 foot drifts! On the radio they said the surpassed their record for 12 hours of snowfall!. I DO NOT want to make this an east vs west thread. But I know we have one real mountain in the east!! Check out mountwashington.org for more details.

Alfonse
post #2 of 18
Thanks, Alfonse!

It's probably the strangest place in the world. I think Satan lives there.
post #3 of 18
New England is open for skiing! Loveland beat Washington by a few days, but it looks like Washington's got the powdah!

http://mountwashington.org/comments/2005/101620.jpg
post #4 of 18

Mtn.

After having travelled through the Mt. Washington Valley often over the years, I have noticed that only in August will there not be snow on the summit and that some years there is always snow there. Once I chatted with an old timer when I was in college up there. He told me that when he worked on the R.R. through Crawford Notch it snowed every night in August.
post #5 of 18
Summit conditions:3 feet on the ground. 26 degrees. 38 mph wind.
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Alfonse
Wow, did you all see what happened on Mount washington in the past few days! I heard like 4 feet of snow, 130 mile an hour winds, 12 foot drifts! On the radio they said the surpassed their record for 12 hours of snowfall!. I DO NOT want to make this an east vs west thread. But I know we have one real mountain in the east!! Check out mountwashington.org for more details.
In my opinion, there are just a few places in the east that can rival anything out west in terms of insane weather and conditions. The highest mountains in the Whites (Presidentials, ridges forming Franconia notch), the Adirondack High Peaks in NY, and finally, Katahdin in Maine.

In my opinion, Katahdin is a lot more impressive than Washington though, just not as well known...

-Craig
post #7 of 18
Cool. I went to the www.mountwashington.org/ site and they have a good overhead shot. Has anyone been up there skiing yet? Looks like some good turns could be had.

On another subject, the site say "world's worst weather". Is it really, or just hyperbole? I would think that the Summit of Everest or the Summit of Vinson Masif in Antartica would be far worse.

Powdr
post #8 of 18
Thanks for the thread! I had completely forgotten about visiting Mount Washington about 20 years ago on a family vacation to the North East. Brought back some good memories. I can still remember going up the mountain in the month of July. I started out in shorts and a tee-shirt, and ended up wearing a coat, pants, and boots at the top. It was the first time I had ever been above a tree line, and the clouds for that matter(at least on that day). I still remember the big photo on the wall of the huge icicles that formed horizontally off the building from the wind. I think I still have the shirt that says "I survived Mt. Washington" somewhere. I'm going to have to go back there again...my wife has never been there, or anywhere like that. Thanks for bringing back the memories!
post #9 of 18
Mount Washington has the highest recorded windspeeds in the us. Over 300 mph I believe. It gets terribly nasty up there at times.
post #10 of 18
The cams from Wildcat always provide a great view of Mt Wash; check http://www.skiwildcat.com/display_image.html?id=354

Cheers,

Barrettscv
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Powdr
Cool. I went to the www.mountwashington.org/ site and they have a good overhead shot. Has anyone been up there skiing yet? Looks like some good turns could be had.

On another subject, the site say "world's worst weather". Is it really, or just hyperbole? I would think that the Summit of Everest or the Summit of Vinson Masif in Antartica would be far worse.

Powdr
Somewhere in their weather reports they mentioned it's not really snow, but more like 3 feet of ball-bearing sized ice pellets covering everything. I doubt the skiing would be all that good.

Regarding the "world's worst weather" comment. This was discussed once before here: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=5150. The summit is quite possibly one of the windiest spots on Earth, and they happen to have the weather station up there to prove just how bad it is. It certainly isn't the coldest spot, or the snowiest / wettest spot. It all comes down to how do you define "worst". As you said, there's any number of places on Earth that Mother Nature could easily erase your existance.
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
I think it was in the high 200's but the important designation is the highest measured. Mountains like K2 and Everest are not considered climbable for 11 months of the year because of Jetstream like winds which probably surpass those numbers but there are no true weather stations on top. Likewise powerful tornados blow at 400 mph but have never been measured.

Alfonse
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
It was ice but has since turned to snow.

but in the east we are used to ice right!
post #14 of 18
The gust of wind everyone is talking about was in 1934. It was measured at 231 mph. Those who have never been to the summit should go...most of the buildings are kept where they belong by chains that resemble cruise ship anchor chains (I have no idea what the correct term for them is, aside from really big and really solid!) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_W...w_Hampshire%29

As an aside, those of us who have fallen in love with Tucks have those high, consistent winds to thank for the can't-beat-it-with-a-stick spring skiing. The 55 feet of snow (on average) that sits in Tuckerman's Ravine is blown from the summit by those very winds.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by Alfonse
It was ice but has since turned to snow.

but in the east we are used to ice right!
It's not ice unless there are fish underneath it!
post #16 of 18
I don't know if it's the nastiest.......I'd ask Beck Weathers.http://www.steponline.com/everest/beck_weathers.asp
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Bonni
I don't know if it's the nastiest.......I'd ask Beck Weathers.http://www.steponline.com/everest/beck_weathers.asp
Beck Weathers is a freaking aminal grrrrrrr
He is a survivor
post #18 of 18
It's hard to believe that I hiked up to the summit just two months ago, sweating my butt off while doing it!
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