A Classroom on the Tallest Peak of New England By Brian Fitzgerald Eighth grade students from Whitefield, NH visit the summit of Mount Washington in late May. Beginning this spring, Mount Washington Observatory (MWOBS) staff have been rolling out an expanded suite of school-based programs throughout the region, thanks in part to a bequest from the Sheldon Family Estate. The gift allows the Observatory to develop and assess K-12 educational programs based on needs and interests expressed by teachers, administrators, students, and families. During conversations with these groups, the need for experiential, hands-on learning was a common refrain. Educators
Virtual Classroom Inspires Young Homeschooling Student By MWOBS Staff Evan Cherepowich studies a snowflake using a precipitation board, microscope, and housing unit, an assembly he was inspired to create following one of the Observatory’s many Virtual Classroom programs. If you value our work in weather and climate education, consider supporting our mission. As the pandemic changed lives and challenged communities to adapt in 2020, teachers and students found themselves on the front lines of a new reality. Many schools in the U.S. kept their teachers and students at home, adopting virtual learning to thwart the coronavirus. Communities of learners
The Role of Elevation-Based Forecasts in Backcountry Safety By MWOBS Staff The southern Presidential Range summits with snow at sunrise on Oct. 11. If you value our work in mountain forecasting, consider supporting our mission. Spreading the word about severe weather in the White Mountains has become an increasingly high priority for groups aiming to improve hiker decision-making. Rescue missions continue at a consistent annual pace, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game, and recent fatalities of under-prepared hikers who ventured alone into the mountains elevate the importance of safe hiking practices and public awareness about higher-elevation weather conditions.
Meteorologist Looks Back at Launching Her Career on Mount Washington By MWOBS Staff Sarah Long is shown in the WMTW News 8 studio in Portland, ME. If you value our work in launching careers in weather and climate, consider supporting our mission. During her undergraduate studies, Sarah Long knew she loved weather. The direction her career would take was less certain. One of only a few women studying meteorology at UMass Lowell in the late 1990s, she knew she'd be a minority in the weather research and forecasting field. Her internships with the FAA and private forecasting firms, and
Observatory Builds New Wind Sensors for Frontier Science on Everest The expedition team constructs a new weather station, which includes a Mount Washington Observatory custom-built wind sensor, at Bishop Rock just below Mount Everest's summit in May 2022. The expedition was supported by National Geographic and Rolex through their Perpetual Planet Expeditions. Credit: Arbindra Khadka/National Geographic. If you value this work, consider supporting our mission. In May, climate scientists and a cadre of highly specialized Sherpas ventured to Mount Everest to install new automated weather stations at the planet’s outer edge. Their packs held tripods and a load of
Paul McCoy guides ice and rock climbing, mountaineering, and ski outings in the White Mountains. He relies on Mount Washington Observatory forecasts to anticipate weather and keep people safe in the backcountry. If you value these forecasts, consider supporting our mission. Long before reaching treeline, Paul McCoy has a good idea of what to expect from the weather. A climbing school leader in the White Mountains, he takes groups ranging in skill to higher summits throughout the winter climbing season. Harsh weather often comes with the territory. Getting caught off-guard by a storm system, preferably not. McCoy is on Mount
Mountain Washington’s Response to Climate Change Now ‘Statistically Significant,’ Research Shows Observatory Provides the Only Data Source for Measuring Climate Trends on White Mountain Peaks By MWOBS Staff | December 28, 2021 A Sept. 2021 view of Mount Washington from the summit of Mount Monroe, with Lakes of the Clouds below the summit cone. Researchers rely on Mount Washington Observatory's near century-long data set to track climate trends in the White Mountains. If you value this work, consider supporting our mission. Given the Northeast’s quickly warming climate, a key question attracting the attention of scientists like Georgia Murray is,
Students in Rural NH Learn Data Science with Help from WeatherX By MWOBS Staff Students in Patti Dugan-Henriksen's class are learning data science by investigating extreme weather events thanks to WeatherX, an all new data-rich science curriculum supported by Mount Washington Observatory. If you value educational programs from the summit of Mount Washington, consider supporting our mission. In a world teeming with information, learning how to make meaning of data has emerged as a fundamental skill. Recognizing this, middle school science teacher Patti Dugan-Henriksen has prioritized teaching data science in her rural northern New Hampshire community of Groveton. Her
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.