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  1. 26 minutes ago, Ginx snewx said:

    Sweet man. Glad you were reunited 

    Thanks! :)

    some really cool spots in this area. Just went into a cave, maybe 1/5 mile deep and you get to a beach at the end of it in complete darkness. This is my nephew coming out of it.  Lots of cool places in the world. Most Americans don’t even know these islands exist, and yet they’re a stone throw from Rome where you have to battle like a million to look at a fountain. 

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  2. 19 hours ago, mreaves said:

    I immediately thought of Alex when this flashed up on my phone earlier. Not sure if he is anywhere near there. 

    Thanks. I appreciate that. No I’m in Val d’Aosta, on the Western Italian Alps - on the border with French. The collapse was way East of here.  Crazy to see that. You can’t really see it from my pictures but as you take the 5 Km gondola above the “Mer de Glace” you realize how the glacier is a giant playground. There are groups of 20-30 people rappelling down into crevasses, and many groups of hikers all roped to each other making the treck from Punta Helbroner on the Italian side, above Courmayeur, to Aguille du Midi, on the French side above Chamonix. It’s a bit surreal because the area is essentially a plateau at about 3500 m of elevation, so it feels like you're crossing Antarctica on a tiny 4 person gondola that spans 5 Km, about 3 miles, with not a single supporting beam. The glacier is called Mer de Glace, sea of ice - and pretty aptly named. As a kid I remember there being lifts there (movable J Hook style tows) but apparently they recently decided that the occasional skier falling into a crevasse is not worth it. The Mer de Glace gondola was closed for years - not sure why, so we jumped at the opportunity to do it since it was open and it was worth every minute, truly a once in a lifetime experience, although a bit scary. It’s about an hour and a half round trip in a tiny cramped 4 person gondola suspended at 3300-3800m of elevation above a glacier. Definitely anxiety provoking but the scenery is just indescribable. Sad that people lost lives visiting such incredible places - and even sadder that these places may be gone when my kids are my age. 

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  3. More pics from the Mt Blanc area (both Italian and French side - Courmayeur and Chamonix). Went on the “ice train” to the glacier cave today. So sad to see how the glacier is retreating. About 8 meters of ice lost every year - it’s crazy. I remember as a child a glacier that went almost all the way into Courmayeur, now you have to hike up some 3000 feet higher in elevation to find any ice, and where the glacier used to be is just a round valley filled with rubble. So sad. 

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  4. 3 hours ago, CoastalWx said:

    Parents: Come on kids we're going to VT.

    Kids: Yay!

    Parents: WTF is this shit? 60s and shwrs?

    Kids: I wanna go home, the weather stinks!

    Parents: Shut up we paid a lot of money for this!

    Kids: But what are we going to do? I'm going on my kindle!

    Dad: Starts drinking

    Mom: You better not be drinking the whole weekend! 

    Dad: Eff this shit if it's 65 and shwrs.


     

     

    I've actually personally apologized for the weather a number of times in the past few weeks. They really don't seem to mind - most seem to enjoy the cool weather! I guess if you choose the mountains in the summer you're not really hoping for 90s and dews

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  5. 3 hours ago, dendrite said:

    Idk what that is…thought about contacting UNH about it. They did the same thing last year. They never really leafed out in the spring until June. I don’t think it’s necessarily caterpillars.

    I also noticed that on my way to Concord. Its crazy, looks like April lol

  6. On 6/21/2022 at 7:30 AM, OceanStWx said:

    Our REC forecast was pretty damn close to the actual conditions, so that was good. But we really didn't do much more than some cursory mentions of bad weather above 2500 ft. We definitely could've hit it on our social feeds harder (more like MWObs). I was off, but I think I plan to use this as an example for everyone, especially the new people at the office, that we have a serious number of recreators every warm season and most of them have no clue about how cold it can get in the summer.

    Just happened to us today. Visitors heading up on the cog asking us if they can borrow jackets because they had no idea it could be this cold in June. But it's a challenge to get the word out; people rarely read all the info we send them

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  7. 1 hour ago, wxeyeNH said:

    It's 145pm on Saturday.  My temperature has been in the low 50's all day.  Up to 54.  It seems that most NNE stations are a little warmer than forecasted.  I saw something from the NWS at Gray that record low high day minimums were in the mid 50's.  Concord is at 59F, Portland 63 and Augusta 61.  

    We had a 10 minute drizzle shower this morning.  I'm still hoping for a couple of showers over the next day or so to dampen down the pollen.

    As usual my manmade pond is getting very low and will probably go dry in the next week.  That is ahead of schedule.

    What a difference a notch can make. It’s been wet here. Maybe it’s normal but it seems wet; 3” since the beginning of the month. It seems that days without rain are rare. Today gets the award though… 40s, sheet drizzle and windy. 0.23” of rain so far since midnight 

  8. 13 hours ago, powderfreak said:

    Black flies exploded today at they were biting on the mountain.  Very little wind, maybe they’ve been around but the past two days had next to none… today I felt like I was their deep fried Turkey thigh at a rural county fair.  Just getting devoured.

    Unfortunately, here too 

  9. 1 hour ago, powderfreak said:

    Top 10 COC afternoon.

    70s, sun, breeze, low dews.

    Right now around 3,000ft…

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    Wait what??? It’s dreary here. Steady rain all day, 50s. About 5” of rain in the past 3 weeks - on the upside, the green is absolutely magnificent 

  10. On 5/27/2022 at 10:27 PM, powderfreak said:

    Warm season in VT.  Superstar glacier is down to the multi-colored grayscale (the base layer of the snowpack) in spots, but this is still 3-10 feet deep.  

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    I love skiing but that just has no appeal whatsoever to me 

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