Vacation Week Activities We Will Be Hosting

2014-02-12 23:50:55.000 – Ryan Knapp,  Weather Observer/Meteorologist

Our view from the bottom today.

Today was a beautiful day for the White Mountains – blue skies, low winds, seasonable temperatures, and endless vistas made for a feast for the eyes. Unfortunately, conditions are already changing as a storm is on the horizon – literally, as clouds thicken and lower from the south with radar echoes showing showers aren’t too far behind. If you are tired of winter, I am sorry to be the bearer of bad new, but hopefully by now this isn’t “news” to you as it has been mentioned online and in the news for about a week now. However, if you are a winter enthusiast, it is time to rejoice as this storm is expected to deliver. Current model projections have the Mount Washington Valley receiving around a foot or more by Friday (other snowfall maps can be found on your local NWS page). Looking a bit beyond, there is even more snow on its way as there are at least two more snow makers lining up in the week ahead. With several New England schools celebrating vacation week this week or next week, this is welcomed news as this will make for great winter conditions to play around on during your time off.

If your vacation week brings you to the Mount Washington Valley region, we have some great activities scheduled that may be of interest to you and your family. The even better news – they are open to all ages of the public are all FREE!!!

First up is our Weather Discovery Center which is an interactive science museum that brings the wonder of the atmosphere to nearly all of your senses. Our Weather Discover Center is located at 2779 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH 03860 and it is open daily from 10am to 5pm; again, FREE for all ages.

Additionally, our Weather Discover Center will be hosting five family friendly programs during the week; again FREE for all ages. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, February 17 – 2013 Weather in Review
A program presented by Observatory staff and scientists recapping exciting weather events of 2013. Begins at 7pm in the lower level of the Weather Discovery Center.

Tuesday, February 18 – Extreme Weather Observations
Offers an inside look at life and work at Mount Washington Observatory’s summit weather station. Begins at 7pm in the lower level of the Weather Discovery Center.

Wednesday, February 19 – Open House
Meet New Hampshire’s legendary research and educational institution! Enjoy the Weather Discovery Center museum and light refreshments while mingling with Observatory staff and learning about their work in the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather.” It will be held from 4:30-6:30pm in the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, with fun, interactive videoconference chats with the actual scientists living and working on the summit of Mount Washington at 5:00 and 6:00pm.

Thursday, February 20 – Fundamentals of Climate
An explanation as to what drives Mount Washington’s weather, climate and seasonality. Begins at 7pm in the lower level of the Weather Discovery Center.

Friday, February 21 – White Mountains Ecology
Explore the fascinating plant and animal life of New England’s tallest peak and the surrounding landscape. Begins at 7pm in the lower level of the Weather Discovery Center.


Ryan Knapp,  Weather Observer/Meteorologist

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