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USFS WMNF Trailhead Steward Program with Volunteer Fawn Langerman

USFS WMNF Trailhead Steward Program By Fawn Langerman 2024 is my third year volunteering with the USFS WMNF Trailhead Steward program, and we are off to a great start! I was drawn to this volunteering as I have sometimes encountered poorly prepared hikers on the trails and wanted to help them: I think that one of the roots of this problem is the fact that the word “hike” is such a broad term. If you are from a city (like I am, originally), the word “hike” can often mean walking on a non-paved surface. Preparedness in a city is

June 11th, 2024|

Highlights of My First Week on the Summit

Highlights of My First Week on the Summit By Jacob Garside Good morning! I’m Jacob Garside, a new summer intern here at the Mount Washington Observatory. I grew up climbing Mt. Washington and the surrounding mountains and always dreamed of staying one night on the summit; now I get to spend almost fifty! I grew up in Henniker, New Hampshire, and was a rower at Concord Crew for almost five years. I’ve rowed at Youth Nationals, and have had the opportunity to row the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston quite a few times. I am an avid

June 11th, 2024|

Guy Gosselin Remembered and Trustees Honored at 2024 Annual Meeting

A sunset in July on Mount Washington. Guy Gosselin Remembered and Trustees Honored at 2024 Annual Meeting By Drew Bush 2023 was a year of progress at Mount Washington Observatory. We made critical investments in educational programs, research partnerships, technology, and efforts to sustain the Observatory financially. Our partners, members, and supporters are the ones who made this possible. The energy in the room at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center was palpable when our 2024 Annual Meeting convened with friends, Trustees, and members in attendance on June 1, 2024. Earlier in the day, the Board of Trustees approved two new positions

June 7th, 2024|

Meet Summer Intern Joshua Elms

Meet Summer Intern Joshua Elms By Joshua Elms Hi! I’m Joshua Elms, an intern working on the summit for Summer 2024. I just graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Data Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and this fall I’ll be back for my Master’s in Atmospheric Science at the same university. Indiana wasn’t where I grew up, though; I moved around the country a fair amount, living in California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Virginia before going to Indiana for college. I saw precious little extreme weather while growing up, but Arizona’s haboobs (dust storms) stuck with me.

June 6th, 2024|

MWOBS/MWAC Internship & Research Overview 

MWOBS/MWAC Internship & Research Overview By Laura Wilson It feels like only last shift I was writing my intro blog, but here we are, over three months later, and I have no idea how to fit everything into a single blog post. This week alone I finished a full draft of my case study, hiked a section of the Presidential Traverse, lapped the snowfields, said goodbye to Tricia (the other shift’s winter intern) and saw my first ever northern lights. Every week has something new, and I feel incredibly lucky to have spent my winter working on top of

May 29th, 2024|

Overview of Lapse Rate Research

Overview of Lapse Rate Research By Karl Philippoff As a weather observer and research specialist on top of Mount Washington, in addition to my usual observer duties such as taking hourly observations, releasing forecasts, thoroughly checking our daily observations and keeping our weather instruments calibrated and in good working condition, I also look into the data that we collect both on the summit and in other weather stations we have set up around the White Mountains to investigate how the data that we collect is connected to other research projects conducted in other mountainous areas. One of the projects

May 20th, 2024|

Adventure with Kal: Meet Seek the Peak Steward Kally Abrams

Adventure with Kal: Meet Seek the Peak Steward Kally Abrams By Kally Abrams It was mid-July and my calendar was wide open for the next couple of weeks so I looked into events nearby that peaked my interest. As an ambassador for Minus33, I’d seen their post that a few members from Minus33 would be joining an event called “Seek the Peak” in under a week. It was the 23rd year for this event, with the purpose to fundraise for the Mount Washington Observatory to sustain educational and scientific programs. It had all of the elements I enjoy, but

May 15th, 2024|

Deadline Driven: The 12-Hour Shifts that Power Weather Forecasting from the Northeast’s Highest Peak

Deadline Driven: The 12-Hour Shifts that Power Weather Forecasting from the Northeast's Highest Peak By Wendy Almeida  As a new member of the Mount Washington Observatory team, I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the unique operations of the weather station and the meticulous work of observers to help better explain to our members how our summit team works. Having previously volunteered at the summit to cook for our EduTrips, I was familiar with the general rhythm. But this time, I shadowed an observer for a couple of 12-hour shifts. My goal was to delve into the nuances

May 9th, 2024|

Intern Tricia’s Farewell and Research Recap

Intern Tricia's Farewell and Research Recap By Tricia Hutton Summarizing my time on Mount Washington feels like an enormous task, but I'll try. The team at Mount Washington Observatory welcomed me into their lives only a few months ago, and now I cannot picture my life without this experience, or them in it. The interdisciplinary work on the summit is the most amazing combination for any meteorology/earth science enthusiast. I have gained experience in such a wide range of work that has exponentially launched my knowledge. I have grown as a forecaster with our higher summits forecasts, assisted with

May 6th, 2024|

2024 Total Solar Eclipse: Two Perspectives

2024 Total Solar Eclipse: Two Perspectives By Karl Philippoff and Francis Tarasiewicz Mount Washington, New Hampshire (Francis) I got into meteorology in part, because of how the weather can, even if briefly, bring us humans together as a captive audience to its destructive majesty. From casual conversations about clouds to catastrophic storms, the atmosphere serves as the great equalizer. On Monday April 8th, I realized that forces far outside our planet’s troposphere can fill this same role. For a few short minutes that afternoon the typical buzz of the modern world paused. Millions gathered, gawked, cried, and shared an

April 25th, 2024|

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