Monday, October 18, 2010

Chilly unsettled week

We are settling into a typical mid-October weather pattern here in southern Quebec. Sunshine today will mix with afternoon clouds as the sun begins to slowly warm the cool night air. The clouds will dissipate this evening with a clear and very cold night. I expect widespread frost in most areas with temperatures at or just below freezing. On Tuesday a warm front will approach the region with scattered showers. That will be followed Wednesday and Thursday by a potent cold front with more showers and even some snow possible across the mountains. As a matter of fact several inches may fall late Thursday into early Friday mornings, especially across the Green Mountains and the highest elevations of the Townships.

MOUNT WASHINGTON: Speaking of snow, winter has arrived on the 6,288 foot summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire's White Mountains. It has been below freezing for the last week with heavy snow at times, strong winds and six foot drifts. Just another day in this fascinating weather landscape.

The 7.6-mile-long Mt. Washington Road is lined with trees, drop-offs, and winds on the way to the summit. Recently, when the weather was better, the road was conquered in a 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car, with Vermont plates I might add, posting an officially timed run of 6 minutes 20.47 seconds. You can get a tour of the road and a sense of the elevation and landscape by watching this awesome video HERE.

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