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Weather Observers

photo Mike Carmon, Weather Observer / Education Specialist & Shift Leader

Mike spent most of his life in the urban jungle of Central New Jersey, but lived outside Chicago, Illinois for two years, where severe weather and tornadoes are prevalent. It was during this time that he grew a fascination with weather, constantly venturing outdoors when most individuals would be running for cover. The more he was labeled as crazy, the more he enjoyed going out into blizzards, thunderstorms, and even land-falling tropical storms.

Mike's passion for the weather led him to the halls of Rutgers University. As his knowledge of the weather grew, he would constantly make forecasts for no one in particular, all the while gloating that he was more reliable than The Weather Channel. He graduated in May 2008 with a B.S. in Meteorology, and then joined the Observatory staff as an intern in the fall of 2008. After a successful internship, he relocated to the North Conway area, and came on full time as a Weather Observer and Meteorologist in the winter of 2009. After being in the unique position of working the night shift for his first four years, Mike moved to the day shift early in 2013.

photo Michael Dorfman, Temporary Weather Observer

Mike graduated from Bates College in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Physics. He wrote his thesis on collector droplet formation in clouds and is excited to be expanding his programming and meteorological knowledge at the Observatory.

An avid hiker, skier and climber, Mike has worked as a guide in Maine and Wyoming. He also enjoys traveling, and has toured around New Zealand and Western Europe.

Living in Newton, Massachusetts and attending school in Maine, Mike has always been just a short car ride away from the mountains. He is excited to be working in such an isolated and extreme environment, gaining knowledge and experience at the Observatory.

photo Ryan Knapp, Weather Observer / Meteorologist

Ryan moved from winter season intern to full time Observer. Living an alpine lifestyle in the mountains and snow are nothing new for Ryan, as he is originally from the Lake Tahoe region in California. What differs here however are the high winds and much colder temperatures.

Ryan first became interested in weather at an early age when he was part of his local schools ski club and would watch the morning weather reports to tell others about the day's weather. Throughout high school, he would give weather reports to fellow students and ski clubbers. After taking a high school career test, meteorology was listed as being a possible career. From this suggestion, he attended and graduated in summer of 2004 with a BS in Meteorology from San Jose State University located in San Jose, California. For the past three years, he was a weather observer for San Jose International Airport (KSJC).

Ryan enjoys backpacking, skiboarding, aggressive inline skating, traveling, video games, and movies. He comes to the summit for the unique weather and to explore and study in the worst weather in the world.

photo Michael Kyle, Weather Observer

Michael, known as "Kyle" on the summit, was born and raised in southern New Jersey. Spending much of his youth snowboarding, hiking, boating and going to the beach, Kyle developed a passion for the environment and particularly, the weather. This led him to Kean University, where he earned a B.S. in Meteorology in the fall of 2012.

During his time at college Kyle learned about Mount Washington Observatory and the extreme weather they observed. He applied for an internship after graduation, and was hired as the winter 2013 intern. He joined the staff full time as a weather observer the following winter, and is thrilled to be back on Mount Washington, advancing his skills and knowledge of meteorology and the White Mountains region.

photo Kaitlyn O'Brien, Weather Observer / Educational Specialist

Originally from northwestern New Jersey, Kaitlyn first remembers being interested in the weather at age 12 when she would go outside to watch a summer thunderstorm roll through. Her curiosity grew from there and her adventurous nature led her to attend the University of Oklahoma, where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology.

Upon graduation, Kaitlyn's first exposure to life atop the summit of Mount Washington was in 2013 when she served as a summer intern. Shortly after the internship, Kaitlyn moved back to Oklahoma to gain invaluable experience in the private sector working as a Support Meteorologist for Weather Decision Technologies, Inc.

Kaitlyn enjoys traveling, outdoor activities including hiking and camping, and spending time with friends and family. She is thrilled to be back on the summit and looks forward to her new position as a Weather Observer and Education Specialist.

photo Tom Padham, Weather Observer

Serving as a summer intern in 2011, Tom has returned to the summit of Mount Washington to learn more about this fascinating and unique place. His first internship provided real-world knowledge and experience to help him complete his senior year at Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology in the spring of 2012.

Like many meteorologists, Tom discovered his passion for weather at an early age. Growing up in northwest New Jersey, he was fascinated by the ever-changing weather—especially the extremes, like the blizzard of '96 and the more recent Hurricane Sandy.

An avid hiker, Tom is a state high-pointer, with 8 high points under his belt and a few more to hopefully add to the list this summer. He is thrilled to be returning to Mount Washington, and plans to make the most of the opportunity by expanding his knowledge of the weather and the mountain, while sharing that knowledge and passion with visitors.

photo Roger Pushor, Weather Observer / IT Specialist

Born and raised in the Portland, Maine area, Roger built his own passive solar home in the mid 80's. He worked in the financial sector for more than thirty years, working first as a software developer, then moving on to spend twenty years as a systems engineer, field engineer, business systems analyst, and most recently, a project manager.

With a strong desire for a new and challenging adventure, Roger joined Mount Washington Observatory in the summer of 2011. He looks forward to further developing his I.T. skills as an on-mountain information technology specialist.

photo Marty, Observatory Mascot

Marty is most recent in a long line of resident felines on the summit and the only permanent occupant atop Mount Washington. In his early years, Marty lost his home to a fire and was then taken in by the Conway Humane Society. In January of 2008, Marty was the top cat in the first ever Observatory Mascot Primary and was donated to the Observatory by the Humane Society. He was quickly regarded as a good fit for the mountain because of his adventurous attitude and black coat, which makes him harder to lose in the snow. As a curious cat, Marty enjoys exploring his massive new home of the Sherman Adams Building and romping around with the observers. While not on the clock, he enjoys stalking the water cooler, chasing bouncy balls, napping in odd positions, and being brushed by summit staff.

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