It was a snowy weekend atop Mt. Washington, with the New Hampshire peak recording its first inch of snow for the 2023-24 season. By Monday afternoon, the Mt. Washington Observatory recorded 3.7 inches over the last 24 hours. As of around noon today, they’ve gotten almost two inches in the past day.
In response to these snowy scenes, one individual decided to get some sledding in. This U Local video submitted to WMUR by Jen Gleason shows a state employee sledding down a small slope near the summit of Mt. Washington. This looks fun, but they blew an opportunity to get the rock skis out. For that reason, I’m not mad, just disappointed.
Surprisingly, the snowfall this October has been below average compared to prior years. On Monday, Francis Tarasiewicz, who works for the Mount Washington Observatory, said the following about this depressing pattern:
“On average, October actually sees about 19 inches or so over the course of the month on any given year. We’re actually catching up a little bit. So in September, we had well below average snowfall. We only had half an inch for that month when we usually see our first inch or so in September.”
For a full breakdown of how the October snowfall is shaping up to prior seasons, check out WMUR’s video below.