Frigid Windy Loader Day

Oh, baby!  The weather usurps a post for 21 days at sea.  The wind has been a whippin’ by today.  It actually started last night when a high pressure system built up out of western New York.  Steep pressure gradients formed around the system went into flight mode heading to the Newfoundland Low.  Cold arctic air is being funneled through these systems via the jet stream and other factors.

Mount Washington, New Hampshire reported sustained winds upward of 122 mph today.  The Valley, Gorham and Berlin reported winds of 15 to 20 mph sustained for a few hours, winding down to 9 mph hour this evening. Click here to see an animated wind map  (current view only).

“The Hill” of Randolph New Hampshire is the Mt. Washington of Mt. Washington Valley.  Sugar Plum Farm, my home, is at the pinnacle of “The Hill.”  The open fields create a great plain’s state feel with the added impact of weather created by mountains.  Our sustained winds today reached upward of 38 mph with gusts to 55 mph to my knowledge.  The windchill value as low as -40 degrees.  That did it for here.  It hasn’t snowed and the fields have been wind whipped clean of snow but Sugar Plum Farm is snowed in.  Where does this snow come from?  It’s being blown off the mountains where it blasts through open areas piling up against trees and downwind of drifts.  We called in a giant loader to open up the driveway.  We will also require a plow truck to open up the driveway again in the morning.

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Dylan came out with me to photograph the snow banks.  Can you see him?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Windswept Snow

 

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About Just Jude

I grew up on a small farm in Michigan but have always felt the urge to wander and began doing so as a teenager. Since that time, I've hiked, biked and paddled in every season; not for sport, but for the journey.

Posted on February 16, 2015, in New Hampshire, Photos, Weather, Wind and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Amazing!!

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  2. Thanks for posting about the wind. I was going to send you a post asking how fast it got blowing, since I know you have an anemometer up there at Sugar Plum. Even down here at the bottom on Randolph Hill Road our 69 foot tall pine was rocking back and forth all the way to its base. I figured the gusts had to be at least 40 mph.
    Betsy

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  3. Who needs the TV weather reports when we have you! Great pic of the big front loader in action too.

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