On Top of the World!

2017-05-26 16:56:08.000 – Margaret Jividen, Summit Intern


Hello! I’m Margaret Jividen, and I am extremely excited to be one of the summer interns here at Mount Washington Observatory for 2017. I was born just outside of Buffalo, NY, known for its severe lake effect snow events. Prior to moving in for my internship, I had only been to the summit once, at age 7. Even at such a young age, I knew I wanted to be a meteorologist, and someday live in New Hampshire. It goes without saying that this internship was my idea of a perfect way to spend my summer!


I am currently an undergraduate student at SUNY Brockport in Western New York, where I will be a senior meteorology major in the fall. Besides attending classes, I am secretary of the Earth Science Club, a sports forecaster for Golden Eagle Sports Forecasting, a calculus tutor, and I have worked at the campus radio station as a forecaster. I also love yoga, reading, kayaking, going to concerts, and traveling. Despite being from dreadfully flat land, I adore hiking and mountain views. Last summer I was a naturalist intern at Allegany State Park, New York’s largest state park. 

It may only be my third day here on the summit, but these three days have already been filled with new experiences and beauty! The ride up to the summit gave impressive views, and we stopped at 4000’ to see some rare alpine flowers, a first for me. I have written and recorded forecasts, which has been extremely fulfilling. The summit has been in the clouds most of the time, but I did get to enjoy one summit sunset, which was a perfect way to end a day filled with lots of numbers and training. However, the highlight so far definitely has to have been going out in hurricane force winds yesterday—I’d love to tell seven year old me how that felt!


Margaret Jividen, Summit Intern

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