Carter Dome and neighboring peaks at sunset with undercast on Jan. 1, photographed by Weather Observer Ryan Knapp.
Words cannot express how grateful we are for the support of our community at 2023’s year-end. Your gifts not only enabled us to meet our $270,000 goal to sustain our work, but also to exceed it by more than $50,000. Every single winter snow cat trip, classroom program, weather observation, Higher Summits Forecast, Science in the Mountains lecture, and research project depends on this outpouring of generosity. We could not do our work without you.
Few other nonprofits are as reliant on donor support as the Observatory — with your gifts accounting for more than half of our operating budget. This makes your impact immediate and dramatic. You make it possible to continue our work to become the Observatory of the future: One that serves our community and nation as a dynamic resource for weather and climate research and education. Not only that, you ensure we can continue providing weather services that support visitors to our region as well as the community that works to keep them safe. Here are a few examples (among many) of your impact:
Your support funds research and discovery, as our research team continues in earnest to understand the effects of liquid precipitation falling on snow pack, and how rain-on-snow events may be increasing flood potential and avalanche risk. This work will help communities and businesses prepare for extreme weather in our region as well as support recreation and safety for our backcountry community. Our research will be greatly aided as we modernize and expand the Mount Washington Regional Mesonet.
Your support funds science learning for adults and children, as our education team works to provide new school day, afterschool, virtual, and field trip experiences to students throughout our region and the world, even as we undertake a busy winter trips schedule and continue our virtual Science in the Mountains series. A key component of this work with schools includes educational fields trip in partnership with the Mt. Washington Auto Road, Mount Washington Cog Railway Company, and New Hampshire State Parks to make Mount Washington more accessible for young students.
Your gifts fund new weather services, as we work with a few generous donors who pledged $68,000 in restricted funding (not included in the totals I reported above) to enable us to provide improved forecasts and educational programs over the next year with partners in television and radio throughout New England. We’re still in discussions on this work, but improved equipment and facilities on Mount Washington are in our future to enable us to provide yet more weather guidance for the recreation, safety, conservation, business, and other communities we serve across New Hampshire.
Thank you. We are grateful for your support. You not only helped us secure our two matching gifts from our Board of Trustees ($30,000 in November) and an anonymous donor ($50,000 in December), but also to surpass our highest aspirations for success. Your support means our staff can continue to innovate, build new partnerships, and fulfill our mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create Earth’s weather and climate.
Please reach out to me anytime if I can ever be of help to you. And I hope you have a wonderful start to the New Year.
In his “2023 by the Numbers” blog post, Weather Observer & Meteorologist Ryan Knapp summarizes 2023 as warm, wet (but not snowy), and foggy. Ryan captured the above image on the last night of December.
Known throughout New England as “Marty on the Mountain,” Marty Engstrom passed away on Jan. 4 at his home in Fryeburg, ME, according to his family. He was 86 years old. Engstrom worked for 38 years on Mount Washington as an engineer at the WMTW transmission station. Learn more about his legacy and signature smile in this WMTW story.
The Shared History of AMC and Mount Washington Observatory
The two nonprofit organizations have been working side by side for over 90 years. Scientists frequently collaborate to study the impacts of climate change on our region. Learn more about our shared history in this new story.
Science in the Mountains: Extreme Weather & Social Media
Join us on Tues., Jan. 16 at 7:00 p.m. as McGill University Associate Professor Renee Sieber shares her research using machine learning (Natural Language Processing) to analyze social media data and determine how best to improve the situational awareness of individuals and officials during damaging extreme weather events in northern climates. Reserve your spot.
FOX WEATHER’S JANICE DEAN VISITS MWOBS
Janice Dean spent a night at the Observatory this week for a behind-the-scenes look at our work, while celebrating her 20th anniversary with the network. Watch her stories:
Nominations are sought for Mount Washington Observatory’s 2024 Founders Award, which recognizes individuals who have rendered exemplary service over a period of many years. It is the highest form of recognition and honor that the Observatory gives to any individual. All members are encouraged to send along the names of individuals who might be deserving of this prestigious honor. Nominations can be emailed to Drew Bush, Executive Director, at email@example.com.
Bretton Woods Lift Up Our Community Auction Now Live!
We are excited to announce our participation in the “Lift Up Our Community” online auction of a vintage Bretton Woods chair from their original B-lift. The auction is now live through March 4, and we invite you to bid on a unique piece of ski history to benefit Mount Washington Observatory. Learn more and bid!
Thank you for reading this newsletter. Please send any feedback via email or call us at 603-356-2137. Mount Washington Observatory is a nonprofit research and educational institution. Our work in mountain meteorology and climate science relies on your financial support. Consider advancing our mission with a gift today.
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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.