New Hampshire's "Old Man Of The Mountain" Returns In Rime Ice Form

Photo: Mount Washington Observatory

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Remember the Old Man of the Mountain? He's back, in rime ice form!

The Mount Washington Observatory tweeted a photo Friday morning of rime ice that resembled the iconic New Hampshire landmark. Ken, a MWO volunteer, discovered the resemblance while looking at one of the observatory's weather cameras.

The Old Man of the Mountain was a series of five granite cliff ledges on Cannon Mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire that looked like a profile of a human face when viewed from the north. It was known as "Stone Face" to the native Abenaki, and was first discovered and written about by white settlers in 1805. The Old Man collapsed on May 3, 2003.

Rime ice forms when supercooled water liquid droplets freeze onto surfaces. The structures are shaped by the direction of the wind.

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