Winter 2013 Internship Recap

2013-05-11 23:38:24.000 – Michael Kyle,  Summit Intern


After five awesome months of being a summit Intern at the Mount Washington Observatory’s , my tour is rapidly coming to a conclusion. My time here was nothing short of amazing. The experiences that this Internship offers are one of a kind. From working and living on the summit for a week at a time, to working on each step of the meteorological process my experience has included it all. I have met and gotten to know all our guests, visitors, and employees of the observatory. My time at the Observatory has not only giving me a great experience that will transfer to my professional life, but has given me new friends and stories that will remain with me in my personal life.

I could go on to write a novel about everything I experienced this winter, but I just don’t have time for that. However, since Mount Washington is ‘ Home of the World Worst Weather‘ I will share the extreme weather I got to experience in my five months at the Observatory. My first shift started with a new monthly record high of 48 degrees and ended with temperatures -35 below. A few weeks later I got my first taste of 100+mph winds. De-iceing in high winds literally takes your breath away. Then just as winter was looking to come to an end, two late winter storms came through the region giving the summit snow drifts ranging from three feet to as tall as 20 feet (at the front entrance of Yankee Building). These experiences are ones that I’m sure I will never forget, and have provided me with a whole new respect for the weather.

In closing I want to thank everyone at the Mount Washington Observatory for allowing me to intern at the Observatory this winter. It would be wrong not to thank my family and friends who have supported me over the last five months too. I would not have been able to do this internship without their encouragement and support. Thank You Again.


Michael Kyle,  Summit Intern

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