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MWO to be Featured in TIME Magazine, CBS Early Show

MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH - Mount Washington Observatory’s weather station, located on the tallest peak in the Northeast, has recently received some special visits from TIME Magazine and the CBS Early Show. Documenting the summit’s extreme weather and the Observatory mountaintop staff who endure it, the coverage is about to hit newsstands and televisions across the nation.

TIME Magazine’s Michael Lemonick wanted to be immersed into the “world’s worst weather” and meet the Observers who exist in it. Experiencing the daily challenges and intense winter conditions, Lemonick participated in a recent Mount Washington Observatory “EduTrip” titled: Global Climate Change: A View From the Rockpile. Offered throughout the winter, EduTrips are overnight adventures that provide a winter educational opportunity like no other.

“The experience of being outside in such harsh conditions, yet so close to Boston was hard to believe.” says Michael Lemonick of his EduTrip. “It is a great program. We were even treated to an extraordinary sunrise on top of everything.”

As a TIME Magazine Senior Writer, Lemonick covers issues around science, the environment and conservation. Detailing his overnight adventure with Mount Washington Observatory, the article will be on newsstands this Friday, February 16th, published in TIME’s February 26th issue.

Along with TIME Magazine’s visit, CBS recently made its second trip to the summit via snow tractor. Filming the adventures of a typical day for a Mount Washington Observer, CBS’ Early Show series, The Morning Life, looks into the lives of people with crazy morning jobs. Knowing the dynamic elements of the summit, CBS was interested in what a typical ‘day at the office’ entails for Observers who live and work in the extremities of the Northeast’s highest peak.

Shadowing Observer, Neil Lareau, CBS captured all of the typical morning duties on the summit. From de-icing scientific instruments in hurricane force winds to conducting morning radio interviews and battling fierce winds to fetch the precipitation can. The film crew also captures Lareau’s more conventional morning habitual too, like making the first pot of coffee.  The segment featuring the Observatory on the CBS Early Show series, The Morning Life, is slated to air February 22nd.

Scot Henley, Mount Washington Observatory executive director says,  “National media exposure like this is great because it not only showcases the important work being done on the summit, but it also draws attention to the mountain itself as a natural wonder and a tourism destination. We have had a great run this winter and I hope all of our mountain partners receive a boost from this publicity as well.”

This winter is a record-breaking season for the Observatory when it comes to media visits. Hosting several visits from The Weather Channel, National Geographic, TIME Magazine, the CBS Early Show, CBS Evening News, Reuters News Service, The Associated Press and CBS 3 Springfield (MA), unique media opportunities are abundant.

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. For more information visit, MountWashington.org

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