At the summit was Rebecca Scholand,
a weather observer for the last four years.
Guiding us through the crew’s downstairs quarters, she said that although life
is pretty comfortable up top, the building begins to rumble when the wind hits
65 miles per hour and makes “shotgun
sounds” during extreme temperature
drops. As we climbed an icy ladder to a
hatch in the roof of the observatory tower,
she warned us our ears might pop from the
pressure difference caused by the wind.
On the roof, the wind was indeed picking up, but the sky was clear and the view
was astounding, as if the tide had gone
out, taking the rest of the world with it.
Rime ice, essentially frozen fog, coated the
weather instruments in fantastical shapes
that grow into the wind and can accumulate as fast as a foot an hour. After five minutes outside, as we made our way across
the huge observation deck, I felt the cold
start to penetrate my many layers. Walking
through waist-high snow to touch the summit sign, I watched the horizon disappear
in an instant. Dense, cold fog had enveloped the summit, and as we stumbled back
mouldings | interiordoors | hardware | stairparts | mantels
%HOOLQJKDP;; ;;&HQWHUYLOOH;; ;;1HHGKDP
the summit’s sherman Adams Building houses
weather observers year-round; part of their job
is to combat icing both outside and in with
mallets and crowbars. The tower (facing page)
is the highest example of wood shingling in the
Northeast. It’s purely decorative — underneath,
concrete walls are up to 2 feet thick.
Cambridge, MA 617-876-5121
Truro, MA 508-349-7525