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Mount Washington Observatory Offering Free Educational Programs at Weather Discovery Center During February Vacation Week

North Conway, NH—February 6, 2014—The nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory will be offering free, family-friendly science education programs at their Weather Discovery Center museum each evening during February 17-21. All programs are open to the general public and begin at 7pm.

On Monday, February 17 the Observatory will present “2013 Weather in Review,” a recap of the year’s major weather events. From the February blizzard to the widest tornado in recorded history, 2013 was a year to remember. Observatory staff will discuss the many climatic records that were broken, while sharing spectacular images captured throughout the year.

On Tuesday, February 18 a live videoconference will connect guests to the Observatory’s weather station on the summit of Mount Washington for “Extreme Weather Observations.” Offering an inside look at life and work in one of the world’s most famous weather stations, an Observatory scientist will explain what kind of data they collect and how they translate it into forecasts and other important information.

On Wednesday, February 19 the Observatory will host an open house at their Weather Discovery Center from 4:30 – 6:30pm. Guests will be invited to explore the museum and enjoy light refreshments while learning about Observatory educational outreach, research, and membership. At 5:00 and 6:00pm, a live video connection with the Observatory’s mountaintop weather station will allow visitors to meet Observatory scientists and learn about life and work atop the Northeast’s tallest peak.

On Thursday, February 20, Observatory scientists will explain the building blocks of weather and climate in “The Fundamentals of Climate.” Sharing unique insights from Mount Washington Observatory’s 82-year climate record—one of the oldest continuous climate records in North America—they’ll describe the global climate system and how that influences our region’s weather.

On Friday, February 21, the Observatory will present “White Mountains Ecology,” an introduction to the amazing plant and animal life found on Mount Washington and throughout the surrounding landscape. The program will describe how harsh seasonal weather influences the distribution of flora and fauna in our region, from the smallest lichens to the largest member of the Deer family.

For more information and directions to the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, visit MountWashington.org/Events or call (603) 356-2137, ext. 211.

About Mount Washington Observatory
Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.

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