As promised, this morning, I have a some opinions to share on the Patriots game but I will spare those who don’t enjoy the topic until the end of the post. For now, let’s dig into some current weather. The most interesting thing currently, at least for us, is the oddball wind today which apparently is due to our position in a low pressure trough. Summit wind today went from S to SSW then WSW and it looked as if it would trend through west before cranking up from the northwest. Instead, the wind shifted again to the S from WSW where it remained until around 2 pm when a Variable reading was recorded. Basically, a confused wind. Finally the 3pm observation is showing N. Essentially a quick 180 degree shift to the North. Incidentally, the wind was really, really light today allowing several inches of snow to lay around the mountain with more on tap through the night. The wind will rouse this snow and even some snowpocalypse snow onto its feet and whip it into wind slabs overnight. At this point, watch for trends with the wind direction and speed but right now my money is on a ideal loading speed until morning in the 50 mph range. Anticipate more snow as well as temperatures falling to -10F overnight. I think there will be a fair amount of snow available for building wind slabs so I would consider alternative plans to climbing in Huntington or skiing in Tucks tomorrow. And with a high tomorrow and Sunday of around minus 5F with winds near 100+ mph, I wouldn’t consider much more than a detour to treeline or a lap on the Sherburne before heading to the store for chicken wings and beer. Saturday night is expected to hit -15F so a full house will probably be warming up in the Harvard Cabin.
The Sherburne ski trail has really been a treat for folks this week and held onto all of the snowpocalypse snow. Today and tonight will freshen it up further. Remember that the Winter Lionhead Route is now open but it has seen limited traffic… expect delays due to heavy respiration rates. If you think professional football is stupid, stop reading.
Since Chris put me on the spot this morning in his advisory, I guess I have to make a pick for the victor of Number 49. It is likely to be a barnburner and I expect the Pats to have an inspired game if for no other reason than to silence the legion of haters out there. I don;t underestimate the Seahawks…it will be a real battle stopping Seattle’s running game, especially Wilson’s. If they keep Lynch contained, get a pick or two, the Pats might put them away by a couple touchdowns. The dynamic/brainiac duo of Brady and Belichick are undoubtedly fired up to find the loose thread that unravels the Legion of Boom, and I think they’ll find it. Pats 27, Seahawks 17.
Cheers and be safe out there this weekend!