2011-01-12 16:31:40.000 – Al and Marion Lake,  Summit Volunteers


What a difference a day makes. Yesterday we were outside when the temps and winds were in the single digits and the visibility was only limited by the horizon. Today the the winds are approaching 70 mph and the visibility is down to less than 200 feet.

This has been another interesting week volunteering at the MWO. There were a lot of different things happening that made the week fly. The major change was the installation of a new pitot anemometer. It took the coordinated efforts of the whole staff and mother nature to make it successful.

The Observatory has entered into a new partnership with Eastern Mountain Sports and the crew is now sporting new all weather gear. It is nice to see 2 New Hampshire based organizations working together for the safety and enjoyment of the outdoors.

We have volunteered on the summit since 1995 and have found each time to be an interesting and challenging adventure. Whether it be a prep or a goal, we met hikers doing both. One preparing for high elevation hike in Ecuador while a group from Canada’s Make A Wish reaching a goal of winter hiking Mount Washington with gusto! Besides the obs being done, Brain shares the mountain’s weather through distant learning reaching out to the next generation of curious learners. We had a couple celebrations to boot! Thank you for allowing us to be part of the ‘crew’ as we share our time on the ‘Rockpile’ a special part of New Hampshire, our home.


Al and Marion Lake,  Summit Volunteers

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