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    Smile Fullish moon evening Mount Washington Ascent

    So, Don and I ended up ice climbing up Tuckermans Ravine Thanksgiving weekend and topped out at dusk and the visibility was pretty low due to cloud/fog cover. We coiled up our ropes and made our way to Lions Head trail just as it got pitch black out. It got super windy (one gust knocked me over sideways) and then it cleared out! It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! There we were, hiking up on the ridgeline with a zillion stars surrounding us and the other ridges around us outlined with a deep blue line contrasting the black sky. We were going to hike up to the summit but we had friends waiting for us at Pinkham notch and did not want them worrying. So, we decided we want to find a clear night to climb Mount Washington.
    Has anyone done this before? Is the weather more stable at night? Let me know!
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    Winds might be slightly less gusty under certain conditions at night, but Mount Washington is not known for having any sort of diurnal patterns. At least none that are predictable enough to make plans on.

    That Saturday night after Thanksgiving was one of the clearest nights I have ever seen. I think the observers even wrote about it.
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    Thanks! The diurnal wind patterns are one of the things I have been reading about and was wondering if that were true at Mt. Washington. Now I really wish we had gone for the summit that day! It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and I can't stop wanting that moment again! Is there any way of predicting another night like that or is it just a chance thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangergirl View Post
    Is there any way of predicting another night like that or is it just a chance thing?
    Its called living really close to Mount Washington and having your bags packed.

    Diurnal wind patterns, mountain/valley winds, are more typical under high pressure. When there is little external forcing controlling the weather. And since we all know that Mount Washington lies at the convergence of three major storm tracks there is almost always some sort of external forcing in play.
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    dangergirl, we are waiting for the pictures from that night.
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    Well, we tried taking pictures but all we got were our headlamps! Here is a link! http://www.flickr.com/photos/kfolcik/ Unfortunately all we have are awesome memories and the desire to find that night again!
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