Saturday, August 6, 2016
We had an interesting discussion about the claims made by this sign. Mount Washington is the highest mountain east of the Mississippi River in the United States. It is marked by its long accessibility by way of a road all the way to the very top of the highest point. The weather there is truly terrible, but those of us who live in the West think that the severity is somewhat overrated. The fact is that there is a permanent weather station at the top of the mountain. Out here, we have hundreds, perhaps thousands, of higher mountains that have no similar weather stations. In the natural world, claims about maximums and minimums depend more on the ability to make recordings than they do on actual conditions.