Busy Happenings on the Summit

2014-04-09 17:04:07.000 – Cyrena Briede,  Director of Summit Operations


My favorite thing about my job is that no two days are the same. Just a few months shy of my two year anniversary with the Observatory, I’m happy to say that this still very much applies today. So, just what have I done this past week?

It started last Wednesday at shift change, which was Rebecca’s last day on the summit, so naturally we threw her a little dinosaur themed surprise party. Thursday began with a monthly search and rescue working group meeting at Pinkham Notch, immediately followed by interviews for a new Transportation Coordinator at Great Glen. This is a very unique joint position with the Mt. Washington Auto Road, and we were able to talk with a lot of good candidates. We are hoping to make a selection in the coming weeks.

On Friday, I was the keynote speaker at White Mountain Community College at their Women in Science and Technology (WIST) forum. It was great to talk to a room full of high school aged girls about the path I took to obtain a career in science, and stress to them the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers.

I then did the almost three hour drive to Portland, Maine, for the Mount Washington Observatory fundraiser with Ginger Zee from Good Morning America. It was great to see her again after her visit here a year ago when she hiked to the summit. She is a weather nerd like all of us up here at the Observatory, and proud of it, and I hope she visits us again soon.

Monday was quiet and a great day to get caught up on administrative tasks in the office. On Tuesday, I came to the summit with photographers Jonathan and Nicole, who are taking photos for an upcoming edition of the alumni magazine for my alma mater, Metropolitan State University of Denver. Unfortunately, Mount Washington wasn’t her usual winter self as we were getting spring-like conditions on the summit with rain and temperatures above freezing.

‘Winter’ is back however, and Wednesday brought temperatures in the teens with lots of rime ice, just in time for shift change! Wednesday wrapped up with a training meeting for the new website, which we need your help to complete! From server to website, we are making major changes to put us in the 21st century and would love your Support!


Cyrena Briede,  Director of Summit Operations

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