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Mount Washington Observatory Welcomes United States Congressman Charlie Bass

February 24, 2012 – Mount Washington, NH – On February 23, Mount Washington Observatory welcomed Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) for a special visit to its famous mountaintop weather station. Executive Director Scot Henley, Director of Summit Operations Ken Rancourt, and members of the Mount Washington Observatory Board of Trustees accompanied Congressman Bass and New Hampshire State Representative Gene Chandler of Bartlett on a full day trip to explore the work of the legendary nonprofit institution.

The group ascended the mountain via snow cat, pushing through snowdrifts, blowing snow, and wind gusts reaching 60 mph. At the summit, Congressman Bass visited with staff from the Observatory and Mt. Washington State Park, toured the weather station, and enjoyed a home-cooked lunch prepared by Mount Washington Observatory volunteer Hilary Clark of York, Maine.  

During his visit, the Congressman had the unique opportunity to join Mount Washington weather observer and education specialist Rick Giard on a distance learning program with students from Pelham Elementary School, offering a special welcome from the Northeast’s tallest peak via videoconferencing technology. The students were participating in a live distance learning program between the Observatory and the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire.

“Mount Washington Observatory is one of the most unique features of our state. When people think of New Hampshire, they think of the Old Man of the Mountain, our first-in-the-nation primary, and Mount Washington, the ‘Home of the World’s Worst Weather,’" said Congressman Bass. “A private, nonprofit institution supported by the people of New Hampshire, the Observatory’s contributions to research on climate and weather science continues to provide a non-biased, thorough review of climate data for scientists around the world. Despite the blustery and challenging conditions outside today, the staff and volunteers’ warm welcome and eagerness to talk about their work made it a truly informative and enlightening trip.”

“We were delighted to introduce Congressman Bass to our work,” said Henley. “With windy and icy winter conditions, the Congressman got a good taste of a Mount Washington winter, and an inside look at the research and educational work we do up here on the mountain.”

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported research and educational institution with a mission to advance understanding of Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring Mount Washington’s incredible extremes, conducting scientific research, educating the public about the science of weather and climate, and amassing one of North America’s longest and most unique climate records. For weather reports, webcams, summit trips, photos and more, visit MountWashington.org.

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