It is only appropriate to use my 4,000th post on this forum for a great cause - to promote membership in the Mount Washington Observatory. As we did in 2008 I ask that you move your membership level up at least one notch this year when it is up for renewal. Or if you are not a member yet, please join.
The MWO is a non-profit organization that needs our financial support. Through memberships and special fundraising the organization funds a lot of its day to day activities. Who have you met that comes to the Observatory's web site and does not look at the web cameras? We love to read the Observer Comments on the web site and review the Photo Journal. This all takes money to support and provide.
But, MWO is far more that we do not see just through the web. Members can get a tour through the summit facilities when they hike or ride up. During these tours we get a better idea of what the Observatory is all about and the harsh conditions the staff have to put up with (and they love it). The Observatory is now reaching out to schools across the country through the Internet providing live educational glimpses about weather and what it is like at the summit. It does research and product testing and weather data gathering and weather forecasting and, and, and. It does a lot for us all.
Above all (pun intended), the MWO is a quality organization focused on providing valuable services to society in general and its members specifically. Being a member opens up special doors and access to the wonderful world up above or in the clouds. It is an organization that wants us involved and strives to communicate with us like few other organizations. Please support the MWO and help it continue its great work.