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Windswept – Spring 2000, Volume 41 Number 1

Windswept is Mount Washington Observatory's quarterly member magazine. Offering an exclusive look at all things Mount Washington, each edition features stories about the mountain's weather, personalities, news and special events.

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Decline of the Ice Age and Arrival of Paleoindians in the Northern White Mountains: Part 1-Vanishing Lakes
The first in a three-part series describing important North Country research by Dr. Woodrow B. Thompson
"Reckless" Hikers to be Charged for Rescue Costs
A new Search and Rescue philosophy and the reasons behind it by Peter Crane
Eureka! A Comparison
What does the Obs have in common with a remote arctic weather station by Ken Jones
Sleazy Tries to Find Water
An amusing reminiscence from Tuckerman Ravine as it was fifty years ago - by one who was there by Leonard (Sleazy) Dalton


In Memoriam: Guy Waterman
By Peter Crane
Maine Skier Dies in Mount Washington Avalanche
Excerpts from the article by Lala Dinsmore and Peter Crane
Summit Staff Profile: Sarah Curtis

You've heard her voice on the morning New Hampshire radio weather reports from Mount Washington, and perhaps you were lucky enough to have met her when participating in an EduTrip. But what is this young woman's life atop the mountain really like? In other words, what does it take to be an observer on the summit...especially for a woman?

Sarah Curtis says that first of all, you have to be fascinated by the weather and things of a scientific nature. You have to be flexible and easy-going. You should also be self-motivated, and be able to suvive in an isolated environment with just a few other colleagues. It is vital to love the outdoors, mountains, hiking and snow-related activities. Winters are long, so naturally one has to have a sense of humor. In fact, that should maybe come first on the list!

Sarah is now the Staff Meteorologist at the Observatory, and began her career working as an intern on the summit during the summer of 1996.

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