Here in New England our Pre-Thanksgiving 10" snow was the second double digit snowfall of this amazingly warm autumn. The period October-November 2011 is going in the books as a top 5 warmth for the modern era.
The Next few days we will approach record high temperatures once gain. The only thing stopping us the fact that 1990 was so extreme. On November 28th 1990 the temperature in Boston warmed 74 degrees, while the Summit of Mount Washington hit 49. These records may be just out of reach. But the Thanksgiving left over snow will surely disappear in all but the coolest nooks and crannies of the tallest mountains, as warm and humid winds will blast our hills into Wednesday November 30th. Speaking of Tallest Mountains, the only New England Ski Resort I know of with both a base and summit cam is Wildcat in New Hampshire. Here are the views at Wildcat from late Sunday November 27th. The 10" from Wednesday is melting rapidly and will be gone by Wednesday Morning.
Wildcat Base cam image Sunday November 27
Wildcat Summit cam image Sunday November 27
The summit cam was in the 40 degree clouds with drizzle as the sun was setting on Sunday.
Thomas Prindle of Wildcat, now part of Peak Resorts, says Wildcat is aiming for Friday December 9th opening. He adds, now that we have the same lift pass at both Attitash and Wildcat (Crotched too), the focus is on getting Attitash open early in winter, and keeping Wildcat open late into Spring.
Last week Attitash received the most snow, 15", of any resort in the east! That allowed lifts to start spinning, word is it was great!
While temperatures in New England challenge record highs Tuesday and Wednesday, a slow moving storm will track From Tennessee to Michigan, putting us on the rainy side, with 1"-2" of rain and dew-points in the 40s and 50s here Tuesday Night. Guess where it will be snowing? Tennessee, yup Tennessee, and Michigan. Then we turn just cold enough for snow making at our summits Wednesday Night and hopefully through the weekend. A few snow showers may fall from Mount Mansfield to Mount Washington and Wildcat Wednesday Night and again next weekend, but there are no snow storms in sight right now.
As we endure a thaw, remember it's only November. Another major snow storm will blast The Rockies later this week.
The outlook for December is for much colder weather with more frequent and colder storms, but also a few warm spells. It could be another wild and crazy month, that would fit right in with the pattern we have had. What else do you call a record warm, yet very snowy autumn? Wild & Crazy!