August 13, 2009

Photo of the Morning: Fresh Snow

The sky is clear over my house this morning, but not for long. I can see the next front heading our way from the west, but for the moment, I'm enjoying the sunshine.

As another installment of "the mountain is different everyday" series, this morning you can clearly see new snow gracing the top of Rainier. For those that are interested, the current snow level is 8,000 feet, and at the popular Paradise lodge (elev. 5,420 ft) it is a brisk 48*. At 14,411 ft., otherwise known as the summit, it is a balmy 10*.

I wonder if the snow on the trails around Paradise ever melted this year...

3 comments:

Mama Cache said...

Wow. This is August, isn't it? I can't wait to pass this news on to Mr.-He-Who-Pretends-to-Ski-in-Tennis-Shoes!
I might have to place a call to the visitor center tomorrow; my curiosity is piqued.

The mountain (in your pic) reminds me of something, and I can't put my finger on it. Very different from other shots. The "monster" could probably fill an entire album of its own, couldn't it? Nice job capturing more of its "perilous beauty."

Ari C'rona said...

Man, I hope it's not indicative of the coming winter! Great pic! :o)

Ari C'rona said...

I was told by a cashier at Walmart tonight that the trails at Paradise were indeed clear of snow as of a couple of weeks ago - amazing!:o)