A view of Mount Washington near sunset on Oct. 5, captured by Weather Observer & Meteorologist Ryan Knapp.
October is a special month, since it marks the anniversary of Mount Washington Observatory’s founding for the cause of science.
With the generous support of many individuals and organizations, our founders began their residence on the summit on October 14, 1932. Since that day, the Observatory’s work as an atmospheric science institution has also included the development of a museum and historical collection.
This collection includes material from the 19th century Signal Service station on Mount Washington, archival documents from the early years of the Observatory, and much general material relating to Mount Washington and the White Mountains.
The Observatory is currently participating in a program of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) to determine steps for better care of these important materials. The program involves self-assessment of our stewardship efforts, plus advice from AAM experts, with a focus on identifying how we can better care for our collections and preserve them for current and future researchers.
This work builds on the foundation thoughtfully created by our predecessors 91 years ago, as we follow their example of scientific dedication while preserving the record of their remarkable endeavors.
We look forward to sharing updates with you as we work to make our collections more accessible to the public. As always, we would love to hear from you regarding this project and your unique connection with Mount Washington.
Curator, Gladys Brooks Memorial Library
SEPTEMBER WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS
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Complete monthly weather data can be viewed here. Those traveling to the White Mountains should expect to encounter winter-like conditions on Sunday and Monday. Check the Higher Summits Forecast.
Announcing A New Season of Winter Overnight EduTrips
It might still be autumn, but Mount Washington Observatory staff are prepped and ready for winter. This includes our long-running educational experience of a lifetime: Winter Overnight EduTrips. Experience the summit of Mount Washington by spending a night in our weather station at 6,288! See 2024 Dates & Topics.
Next Science in the Mountains Puts Solar Eclipse in Focus
On April 8, 2024, portions of the U.S. including northern New England will experience a total solar eclipse. Join astronomer John Gianforte on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. during our next Science in the Mountains virtual lecture to learn more about the science behind this awe-inspiring phenomenon. Reserve Your Spot.
NBRC Catalyst Grant Featured by New Hampshire Bulletin
Read the interview with Executive Director Drew Bush regarding upgrades and expansion of our remote stations across the White Mountains, to be funded by a 2023 Northern Border Regional Commission grant. The project will advance extreme weather forecasting, research, and our regional economy in the face of a shifting climate.Read story.
Internship Fixing Mesonet Stations Inspires Career Path
Charlie Peachey’s experience as an Observatory intern with our Technology department inspired his return to Plymouth State to obtain his master’s degree in applied meteorology. Learn more about our new Weather Observer & Research Specialist in his Observer Comment. Read blog post.
Observatory Welcomes New Communications Manager
Ellen Estabrook joins our team with a background in brand strategy and a passion for stewardship. Her interests in sustainability, conservation, and the environmental impacts of climate contribute to her passion for continual learning and desire to support the research and operations of the Observatory. Learn more.
NEW PARTNER: PETER LIMMER & SONS
Weather Observers Alexis George and Charlie Peachey have their feet measured at Peter Limmer & Sons of Intervale, NH. A new partnership with the legendary White Mountains boot maker includes their generous outfitting of our summit staff with Limmer boots, perfect for the most punishing backcountry and mountaineering conditions. Thank you, Peter Limmer & Sons!
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Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create Earth’s weather and climate. It serves this mission by maintaining a weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, performing weather and climate research, conducting innovative science education programs, and interpreting the heritage of the Mount Washington region. Our weather station is located on the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, at Mount Washington State Park.