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Home of the "World's Worst Weather" had Tepid November

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MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH - December 1, 2006 - With a reputation for having the “world’s worst weather," Mount Washington Observatory’s mountaintop staff is devoting extra attention to the November 2006 data recordings. November’s unseasonable weather atop the northeast’s tallest peak led to numerous distinctions. Four daily temperature highs and a significant lack of snowfall have rewritten the record book at the Mount Washington Observatory.

A sophisticated weather station is operated by Observers who live on the summit of Mount Washington year-round, recording data and maintaining scientific weather monitoring devices 24 hours a day. Closing the books on November 2006 last night, Observers began summarizing the month’s data and were intrigued to compare the month with previous November recordings.

“The monthly average temperature ended 9.2 degrees above normal at 28.9F,” explains Jim Salge, a meteorologist at the mountaintop weather station. “While it has certainly been warm, the lack of snowfall has truly been the story of the month; nearly three feet below normal and over seven feet below the snowiest November in 1968.”

The total snowfall accumulation for November 2006 was seven inches. With an average November typically seeing 40.8 inches, last month’s lack of snow is going down in the record book as the second least snowy and second warmest November on record.
But hope is in site for winter weather enthusiasts and the region’s skiers who anxiously wait for winter conditions to arrive. A typical month of December on the mountain will bring strikingly different data, with plummeting temperatures to single digit degrees in the morning, and wind gusts topping 100. “The pendulum that swung forth between October and November is poised to swing back again, getting us back to winter conditions tonight,” explains Jim Salge. “A cold front will bring sharply falling temperatures, high winds, and snow to the peak.”

A raw “Monthly F6” data summary for the entire month of November is available online at the Observatory’s website, MountWashington.org. To access the data, click “weather” and look for “Mounthly F6” under the exclusive media section. The direct web address for the F6 page is http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/f6/.

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit, member-supported organization with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information or to arrange an interview with Mount Washington Observatory, please contact Alisa Conroy at 207.772.0066, or aconroy@dwellcreative.com.

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