Find stories about the impact of our work in weather and climate science, mountain forecasting, and education.
This spring, Mount Washington Observatory welcomed sixth- through eighth-grade students from three schools in Coos County, NH, to help develop and pilot a school field trip program in partnership with the Mt. Washington Cog Railway.
Evan Cherepowich and his mother decided to take a leap and homeschool for third grade as the pandemic peaked. They relied on Virtual Classroom programs to meet Evan's keen interest in weather, inspiring his construction of an assembly to study snowflakes during storms.
Spreading the word about severe weather in the White Mountains has become an increasingly high priority for groups aiming to improve hiker decision-making. The Observatory's forecasts are proving critical for this effort.
WMTW News 8 Meteorologist Sarah Long said her Observatory internship brought her undergraduate meteorology, chemistry, physics, and calculus studies to life. It was her time spent interning on Mount Washington that decided her fate after graduation.
Two new instruments designed by the Observatory are measuring wind speeds on the world's highest weather stations, helping climate scientists better understand how trade winds interact with humidity, temperature, and sunlight on a high-altitude glacier that provides drinking water to over a billion people.
Drawing from Mount Washington Observatory's long-term data set, research by Georgia Murray and her colleagues shows Mount Washington's response to climate change is now "statistically significant."
Forecasts Keep Climbing School Leader in the Know
Paul McCoy guides groups to higher summits throughout the winter climbing season, relying on Observatory forecasts to anticipate weather systems and keep people safe in the backcountry.