The WBAL TV meteorologists travelled to the top of Mount Washington this past weekend…at least in spirit. Crofton resident Art Huseonica and his friend Paul Cail took along a picture of the 11-Instaweather Plus team on their climb in New Hampshire on February 15.
Huseonica said that it took his team a grueling 10 hours to reach the 6,288-foot summit. Two-thirds of that time was spent trudging through deep snow. The snow depth actually decreased as they approached the top, as the strong winds near the summit constantly shift around the snow.
“I wanted to take my favorite meteorologist team with me on a winter summit climb to the home of the world’s worst weather,” said Huseonica, by email.
Mount Washington is the tallest peak in the Northeast, and well known for its extreme weather.
According to the Mount Washington Observatory, on the day of Huseonica’s climb, the temperatures at the summit ranged from -1 to 18 degrees. The sustained winds averaged 58 mph, and there was a max peak wind gust from the NW at 112 mph.
The record coldest temperature at Mount Washington was -50, set on January 22, 1885. It’s strongest wind gust was 231 mph, recorded on April 12, 1934.
Congratulations to both Art and Paul for a successful climb, and a big thanks for sharing your journey with the weather team!