Glaze ice is shown on an Observatory wind sensor on Aug. 31, when the first snowflakes of the 2023/24 season were observed in the early morning hours.
I’m writing to you at an exciting time with news about our work in education and research.
New Educational Programs
Our staff has been hard at work preparing a full suite of school day, afterschool, virtual, and field trip programs. The program launch kicks off with a backpack giveaway, providing free Cotopaxi backpacks with home weather stations, NWS cloud charts, and weather safety materials to hundreds of middle school students across northern New Hampshire and western Maine (see photo below).
Our education team is highly motivated to break down financial barriers and make Mount Washington more accessible to young students. Field trips to the summit are planned in the coming weeks, continuing the momentum of pilot field trips last spring – thanks to generous funding from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund’s Empowering Coos Youth Grant Program.
With your support, and the recent bequest received from the Sheldon Family Estate, we aspire to become the go-to resource for weather and climate science learning.
New Funding for Research
As we focus our educational offerings on schools, we have also taken steps to continuously increase the rigor of our own science.
This will advance our forecasting, provide rich data across mountainous terrain, facilitate research with partners, and help our region’s businesses plan for economic development. We are so thankful to Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Representative Ann McLane Kuster, and Representative Chris Pappas (and their staffs) for their support of our application.
The Observatory was also awarded funding as part of a network of groups working on an Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, which will establish high-elevation observation of weather across the Northeast. This network will be integral to data needed for our region to prepare for extreme weather and changes to climate.
Words alone can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be leading the Observatory at this exciting time. I encourage each of you reading these words to reach out to me and get involved with our work. You make all that we do possible. And if you are an educator interested in our new programs, please definitely get in touch so we can sign you up.
Our Annual Report celebrates the impacts in extreme weather science, climate research, and education that you make possible. Take a look back at the past year while anticipating the exciting opportunities ahead. Download report.
Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m. as Dr. Jim Steenburgh of the University of Utah unpacks the characteristics of snow and climatology that make the Wasatch Mountains a world-famous ski destination. Reserve your spot.
New Weather Observer Charlie Peachey Joins Summit Team
Charlie’s research has focused on creating a climatology of recent extreme precipitation events along the coast of Maine. With an M.S. in Applied Meteorology from Plymouth State University, he is tremendously excited to work and live on Mount Washington. Charlie joins MWOBS as a Weather Observer – Research and IT. Learn more.
As we bid farewell to our summer intern Myah Rather, wishing her well as she begins her graduate studies at Howard University, we welcome Amy Cotter and Jordan Frate, our interns for the fall semester.
Growing up in the White Mountains, Amy developed a love for the outdoors and the environment around her. She was raised checking the Higher Summits Forecast in preparation for hikes, sparking her interest in Mount Washington’s extreme weather at a young age.
Originally from Maui, HI, Jordan experienced a wide variety of weather with the island’s six readily identified major climate systems on the Koppen Climate Classification system scale. While he was raised in Kihei, a subtropical desert, Jordan is adapting well to Mount Washington.
New Observer Comment: El Niño and Its Effects on Weather
“El Niño” seems to be everywhere. But as its popularity has grown, so have the misconceptions and misattributions surrounding it, writes Weather Observer & Meteorologist Francis Tarasiewicz. He delves into its current state, where it’s heading, and the million-dollar question: What does it mean for winter? Read blog post.
Our incredible volunteers helped us fill Cotopaxi backpacks with home weather stations, NWS cloud charts, and weather safety materials for hundreds of middle school students this week. Thank you also to our sponsor Eastern Mountain Sports for the backpacks! If you are a school administrator or teacher interested in receiving backpacks for your middle school students, please email Jackie Bellefontaine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading this newsletter. Please send any feedback via email. 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 donation today.
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.