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In Search of Winter, CBS News Visits Mount Washington

MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH - January 9, 2007 - Even if winter hasn't arrived in much the east, it's a safe bet that winter can be found on Mount Washington.  A team from CBS News was in search of winter and visited the harsh summit of Mount Washington on Monday, January 8.

Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi (bio) and her CBS News crew of three traveled to the summit of Mount Washington for an introduction to the work of the Mount Washington Observatory and a taste of winter. They were treated to near whiteout conditions, blowing snow, winds gusting well above hurricane force and dense fog-- a picture-perfect Mount Washington winter day.

Conditions were so harsh that the CBS crew's plans to file their report for Monday night's program were foiled. Their departure from the summit had to be pushed back until later in the afternoon when travel was more safe. They successfully descended the mountain in the Observatory's 12-passenger snow-tractor late in the afternoon. Snow-tractor operator Gus Vincent safely made two round trips in adverse conditions on Monday to accommodate the CBS News crew and a group of Observatory DayTrip participants

"If they were looking for winter, they certainly found it," says Scot Henley, executive director of the Mount Washington Observatory. "Our summit crew enjoyed talking with the CBS crew about this strange winter and we're very excited about being featured on a national stage."

Interviews were conducted with meteorologist Jim Salge, staff scientist Tom Seidel and participants visiting the summit on an Observatory Winter DayTrip.

The story appeared on the January 9 episode of CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit, member-supported organization with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach.
 
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