Science in the Mountains
Join us this summer for our ninth annual Science in the Mountains lecture series!
This free series is held at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway. All programs begin at 7pm unless otherwise indicated, and we encourage you to arrive early to claim your seat.
July 15: Historical New England Hurricanes, from 1938 to the Middle Ages
Lourdes B. Avilés, professor of meteorology at Plymouth State University and
author of a recent book on the science and history of the Great New England
Hurricane of 1938, will highlight the most intense and remarkable New England
Hurricanes, their effects, the meteorological conditions that bring them to
this region and how we learned about them.
July 20: The Great New England Flood of 1936
An unprecedented 22.4
inches of rain fell at Pinkham Notch during 14 days in March 1936. The
statewide heavy precipitation, ice-laden rivers, ice jams and flooding led to
widespread devastation near rivers streams across New Hampshire from the White
Mountains to the Seacoast. This presentation highlights the different
meteorological datasets that are available to study historical weather events
such as the "Great New England Flood of 1936" and illustrates the key
meteorological processes that lead to heavy rain and flooding in New Hampshire.
July 27: Weather Observing at the Home of the Nation’s Oldest Climate Record: Blue Hill Observatory &
Mount Washington Observatory’s new Director of Education, Brian Fitzgerald, in
a presentation of the history, observing practices and tradition of the Blue
Hill Observatory and Science Center, located ten miles south of Boston, MA.
Although Blue Hill is now the longest running weather station in the country,
it still uses many of the same instruments and techniques that were first used
during the early years of the observatory which date back to 1885. Brian
Fitzgerald, the former Chief Observer of Blue Hill, will discuss how these
observing practices have created a climate record nearly unmatched in quality
and consistency in the United States.
August 3: Reality and Perceptions: How Granite Staters View Climage Change
since 2010 have been tracking what New Hampshire residents think about climate
change, along with other science and environment topics. Agreement with the
scientific consensus on climate change runs a bit higher in New Hampshire than
it does nationwide, and this agreement has been slowly rising. Even so, there
are wide partisan gaps, and differences in knowledge as well as beliefs.
Climate change remains one of the most divisive questions we ask.
August 10: Climate Change in the Alpine Zone
This program will
update us on the status of the alpine flower monitoring project being conducted
by the Appalachian Mountain Club in the high peaks of the White Mountains.
August 17: The Climate and Forest History of New England
When early settlers first arrived in New England in
the early 1600s, more than 90% of the landscape was estimated to be
forested. By the mid-1800s, nearly half of the forests had been cut down
for a wide range of uses, including pasture, timber, fuel, ship building, and
agriculture. The deforestation and subsequent reforestation of the New
England landscape had profound impacts on climate, and many lessons from the
past can help inform the future management of forested lands in a warming
Will Broussard, Outreach Coordinator
(603) 356-2137, ext. 211