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04-01-2011, 09:15 AM
Found this in my local paper. Can't wait for the cam to go live!

Observatory acquires new equipment to ease summit resupply
By Pilar Lofo, assistant news editor

GORHAM DAILY NEWS - The Mount Washington Observatory operates a manned facility year-round atop New England's highest peak, and resupplying the weather observers can be a challenge at times. The primary means of resupply is the Mount Washington Auto Road, which can become impassible during spring runoff and mud season. In order to ensure that the mountain-top pantry remains stocked, and Observers do not have to seek sustenance from the local wildlife, the Observatory has acquired a surplus unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the military. "The UAV, which had been used to transport supplies across enemy lines, will allow us to ensure timely resupply of our observer troops," said Scott Hemly, Executive Director of the Observatory. Although Observatory members were initially upset at their member dues being used to purchase military equipment, they seemed to be put at ease when Hemly explained that the Observatory plans on recovering the capital investment by providing resupply services to other organizations on and around the mountain, such as to the Appalachian Mountain Club's backcountry huts. A sponsor is also being sought for a live web cam to be mounted on the UAV nose cone.

04-01-2011, 10:09 AM
April Fools (I Believe)

Bill O
04-01-2011, 11:37 AM
No, I read about this. It's been a long time wish for the Obs. Excellent news.

Snow Miser
04-01-2011, 03:43 PM
Cool!!! Since I'm a member, can I work the remote control sometime? :D

04-01-2011, 05:53 PM
That's funny Bob....

Hey, is it Henley or Hemly :confused::confused:

04-01-2011, 09:27 PM
i cant wait for the cam good job Hemly

04-01-2011, 10:09 PM
I am all for it. The camera view on a clear day will be o-some.

04-01-2011, 11:28 PM
That's how we roll around here... Don't mess with the Obs, we're tight with the military. Sure, we can resupply pretty easily these days with our sweet new UAV, but the real bonus is the fundraising power this thing has. It's pretty intimidating, floating quietly overhead.


04-02-2011, 04:29 PM
Hemly, we should make sure the UAV is available for fundraising events. Pay up or else...

On second thought, we should not need to do this. With such a fantastic organization - a mission (weather data gathering, research and education) that touches everyone - and the coolest people around - donations should be rolling in because it is the right thing to do.

KD Talbot
04-09-2011, 10:53 PM
Doh! I should have known when they spelled Hedley wrong...