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Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center Offers Free Programs for Vacation Week

North Conway, NH—February 17, 2012—Celebrating school vacation week in Mount Washington Valley, the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory is offering three family-oriented evening programs at its Weather Discovery Center science museum in downtown North Conway. All programs are free and begin at 7 PM.

Sunday, February 19
Life and Work at the Mount Washington Observatory
Every hour, Mount Washington Observatory meteorologists venture into the elements to measure and record weather data—even when temperatures drop well below zero and winds exceed 100 mph! Using videoconferencing technology to connect live to the Observatory’s mountaintop weather station, find out what it takes to get the job done from the real men and women living and working in the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather.”

Wednesday, February 22
Mount Washington Observatory: An Inside Look
Join Mount Washington Observatory Executive Director Scot Henley for a special inside look at one of New England’s most well-known and highly regarded nonprofit institutions. From his unique perspective, Scot will offer an overview of the Observatory’s work and a preview of the exciting projects on the horizon.

Saturday, February 25
Observing Mount Washington’s Weather
What exactly is a meteorologist and how do they make a forecast? Forget the suits and ties and enter the exciting world of the Mount Washington Observatory! Through a live, interactive videoconference with the Observatory’s mountaintop crew, find out who these adventurous scientists are, how they collect data, what kind of data they collect, and how they translate it into information you can use. You’ll never think of meteorologists the same way again!

For more exciting educational outreach opportunities with Mount Washington Observatory, including distance learning and traveling outreach programs for schools, visit MountWashington.org or call (800) 706-0432, x225.

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported research and educational institution with a mission to advance understanding of Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been observing Mount Washington’s incredible extremes, conducting scientific research, educating the public about the science of weather and climate, and amassing one of North America’s longest and most unique climate records. For weather reports, webcams, summit trips, photos and more, visit MountWashington.org.


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