Today, on Founders Day, we mark our 90th anniversary. Oct. 15, 1932 was the first full day of Mount Washington Observatory‘s reoccupation of the summit, reinvigorating the scientific work that had begun late in the 19th century.
We recognize the dedication and achievements of our first mountain crew members: Joe Dodge, Alex McKenzie, Bob Monahan, and Sal Pagliuca. They started what has become 90 years of recording the world’s most extreme weather and building our upper-elevation data set, vital to researching our climate.
As we celebrate 90 years on the summit, the support of many friends and partners – including our many Observatory members – must be acknowledged in the celebration.
Charles F. Brooks, Harvard Professor of Meteorology, Director of the Blue Hill Observatory, and founder of the American Meteorological Society, provided weather instruments and training, taking the fledgling Observatory under his capable wing.
The Mount Washington Summit Road Company generously allowed use of its Summit Stage Office, the critical home for the Observatory in its early years. The Mount Washington Cog Railway supplied coal for heating, use of Camden Cottage, and a purpose-built structure that housed the Observatory for many decades.
The Appalachian Mountain Club permitted Joe Dodge to devote significant time and expertise to the endeavor. More recently, there have been other important collaborators, including the National Weather Service and Mount Washington State Park.
To all who help make the Observatory’s continuing activities possible, Thank You!
All are invited to tour our weather station TODAY from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to celebrate our 90th anniversary. Visitors will need to drive the Mount Washington Auto Road or ride the Cog Railway to reach the summit. Or hike! With high pressure building from the west, fair weather conditions are expected to last through the weekend. Keep an eye on our summit forecast.
Roy Prescott broadcast The Morning Show live from the Rockpile on Oct. 14 to celebrate the Observatory‘s 90th anniversary. Above, Prescott talks about history with Dr. Peter Crane during the 6:00 a.m. segment, which led to interviews with our summit staff about the Observatory‘s work in weather observation, research, and education. Below, Prescott is shown on the instrument tower with Weather Observer & Education Specialist Francis Tarasiewicz during 60-80 mph winds and heavy rain. Thank you, Roy and WMWV 93.5!
In our latest Observer Comment, Weather Observer & Meteorologist Alexis George writes about extraordinary optical phenomena at the summit, their visual beauty, and the science behind Mount Washington’s weather. Read Alexis’ blog.
Ellen Estabrook2023-11-08T07:34:12-05:00November 7th, 2023|Comments Off on A Glimpse at METAR Reports
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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.