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18:25 Mon May 30, 2016

Acclimating

My house in southern New Hampshire is 312’ above sea level. At 6,288’ the peak of Mount Washington is 5,976’ above my house. That kind of altitude change definitely takes some getting used to.

Acclimating is the act of adapting to a new climate, place, or situation, and being an intern at the MWO has definitely required some acclimating. There is roughly 20% less Oxygen at this altitude, and while illnesses such as acute mountain sickness typically don’t occur below 8,000’, you can still feel the physical effects of the elevation. My first week here I was exhausted, and it wasn’t just because I was working so hard. I could feel that there was something “wrong” with my body. I’ve lived at elevation before, but I drove to Denver gaining 4000’ over 600 miles in two days. I acclimated as I travelled, yet I still felt “off” my first two days in the city. To get to the Observatory I gained more than 5000’ over 8 miles in half an hour, and I absolutely felt it. My main symptom was fatigue. I slept at least 8 hours every night, and it was never enough. Walking up the stairs left me completely out of breath, and I was glad it was snowing, because I had no desire to go hiking (a clear sign that I’m not feeling well).

I am on my second shift, and I am feeling 100% better. I’ve gone for two short hikes this week with hardly any abnormal shortness of breath or fatigue. Sadly though, my body is returning to its naturally nocturnal state. At least for one week of my life I fell asleep the moment my head hit the pillow, and I will remember it fondly. It’s actually pretty amazing what the human body can adapt to. To make up for the fact that there is 20% less Oxygen to breath, my body has changed my respiratory patterns as well as created more red blood cells to carry more Oxygen. Amazing.

In addition to adapting physically, I’ve also had to acclimate to a whole new living situation. When you work at a remote mountain top observatory, you don’t get to go home every night. And in the case of those of us who work at the MWO, we live up here for a whole week at a time. It’s strange having to “pack” for work, and it’s strange not having an hour commute every day. Having just graduated from college, I’m actually pretty accustomed to the long work hours, but it’s weird seeing the same three people every waking hour of every single day. When I first got here there were a lot of things I wasn’t sure about. I wasn’t sure what food I was allowed to eat. I wasn’t sure what parts of the building I was allowed to explore. I wasn’t even sure if I was allowed outside without permission (world’s worst weather and all). Luckily my intern nerves have settled, and I am thriving in my new environment. My exhaustion has subsided, my shift is hilarious, and I have the most beautiful office view in NH.

As an engineer in a meteorologist’s world, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to adapt, but I’m happy to report acclimatization success.



Meredith Campbell, Summit Intern
  

16:37 Sun May 29, 2016

Never Out of the Woods

            Despite Tropical Storm Bonnie being the hot-button topic of most New England meteorologists' concern this weekend, it can be said with fairly high confidence that the brunt of the storm will pass well south of us here in the White Mountains.  Even the northernmost tracks forecast by the EPS and GEFS (ensemble models that run dozens of slight perturbations on the one initialized model, creating a series of outputs covering the whole spectrum of what could happen) keep the system roughly 100 miles offshore.  In fact, mean sea level pressure is forecast to remain well above 1000 millibars (which roughly equates to 800 mb at the summit of Mount Washington) through much of New England.  Large portions of the Carolinas and Virginia are forecast to get upwards of 3 inches of rain, though the heaviest rainfall is expected to stay offshore (in excess of 8 inches).

 

             But what would happen if Bonnie plowed through the White Mountains? Moreover, what would happen if instead of Tropical Storm Bonnie it was Hurricane Bonnie that had Mount Washington in her crosshairs?  Well, that is exactly what happened on August 31, 1954, except instead of Bonnie, it was Hurricane Carol that was the culprit. Southern New England saw sustained winds in excess of 100 mph and the Observatory gusted up to 142.  More noteworthy though was the tropical rainfall Mount Washington saw; over 3 inches of it.  The infamous New England hurricane known only as “38” (common practice before 1954, when hurricanes were not named as they are today; they were most commonly named after the area they most affected) ravaged New England and dumped 5.45 inches of rain over the White Mountains to go along with 120 mph sustained winds and gusts of up to 160 mph. The observer comment from September 22, 1938 reads in part: “Violent winds continued with lessening force throughout the night. Many trees blown down on all sides of mountains. Road closed by fallen trees.” If such an event were to occur today, a lot more life and property would be placed in harm's way.  As you can probably imagine, all the rain that falls on the White Mountains would run downslope and accumulate in the valleys thus causing major flash flooding.  At 1,173 square miles, the amount of water that falls on the entirety of White Mountain National Forest during a 1 inch rain event is 20 billion gallons.  So another 5.45 inch event would yield a total of over 111 billion gallons of water (enough to fill the Empire State Building over 4 times) being dumped over the area in a short period of time.

 
            Needless to say, another storm like 38 would be a major natural catastrophe.  Like with a major ice storm, the landscape can be permanently altered in the wake of these once in a lifetime events (38 was estimated to be a 100-150 year event, meaning every year there is between 0.01% and 0.067% chance of it occurring).  It is safe to say the cost in dollars would far exceed the 1938 New England Hurricane, but it is also reasonable to believe that the cost in lives would be greatly reduced because of the advent of modern forecasting and technology.  So even though Bonnie won't affect us, 38 serves as a grave reminder for us at the Observatory and forecasters across New England to stay vigilant because statistically speaking, there will be another 38.
 
 


Forecast rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Bonnie

 
 


Original B-16 Observer log from September 21, 1938 when "38" affected the area 
 
 



Tim Greene, Summit Intern
  

17:21 Sat May 28, 2016

A Great Start to the Summer

Hello everyone, my name is Christopher Hohman and this has been my first week on top of the windy summit. I’m going into my sophomore year at Plymouth State University and, I am currently working on my B.S. in Atmospheric Science. I heard about the Mt Washington internship through my professor Dr. Eric Kelsey and immediately applied. As a kid I’ve always been fascinated by not only the effects mountains have on weather, but specifically Mt Washington's. I toured the facility with my Boy Scout troop when I first climbed the mountain, and immediately fell in love. It’s been my dream to work here as soon as I was able to, so ever since I was accepted it’s been like living a dream.

 

             Meteorology has always been the largest passion in my life. When I was young my mother used to joke with me saying, “All you ever watch on TV is the weather channel.” she was completely right. Even in elementary school all the questions I’d ever really want answered were ones on how the atmosphere worked. High school gave me some opportunities, but they were nothing compared to the experiences I’ve had at Plymouth. I’m extremely passionate about what I do there, so the chance to be here and learn even more means the world to me.
 
              The days so far have been long and busy, but they have been a lot of fun. I have already been taught a ton of fascinating and important meteorological information here. I’ve spent the past year in college learning all about the basics of meteorology, and multiple effects the mountains have, so it’s been a dream come true to finally apply that knowledge and further the field any way I can. When I was in class I was taught the affects mountains would have on cloud formation or winds, but it’s completely different to actually see it in person. Atmospheric forces my classes simply didn’t have time to go over in detail, I now see daily. Seeing storms actually out in the distance and form, instead of on a radar map is also quite fascinating. Again my classes taught me these processes, but there is just this solidifying moment of knowledge when you actually see it for the first time. I’m hoping for as many of those moments I can get up here
 
  
               I can’t wait for more adventures and learning opportunities up here, I’ll keep you all updated on what I learn next! For now though, here’s a picture of my first sunset on the mountain:

 


 



Chris Hohman, Summit Intern
  

17:11 Fri May 27, 2016

Summer Skies

Over the past few days we’ve seen a much more summer like pattern across New England, with warm and muggy conditions. This has unfortunately led to poor visibility and air quality across the White Mountains. Today this was especially the case, where visibility hovered between 20 and 30 miles for much of the day on the summit, and ozone levels rose to unhealthy levels for sensitive groups. So what’s causing the hazy and smoggy conditions?

The weather is certainly playing a part, with high pressure off the Southeast coast pulling plenty of warm and humid air into New England. The stronger sun angle in late May also allows ground level ozone to form in the presence of other particulates, creating what is often referred to as “smog”. With light winds near the surface this smog often becomes trapped within the boundary layer, the layer of earth’s atmosphere immediately above the ground where friction has the greatest affect. If you're interested in what the air quality may be across New Hampshire, check out https://www2.des.state.nh.us/airdata/air_quality_forecast.asp.

Looking at the weather over the next several days, relief from the hot, hazy, and humid conditions is on the way. After a very warm and muggy weekend, a cold front will sweep through the region by Monday, with heavy rain and cooler temperatures likely. The front will also serve to clean out the stagnant air mass currently in place, and I’m hoping it allows us all to breathe a little easier!

 

Hazy conditions looking south from the summit this afternoon.



Tom Padham, Weather Observer/Meteorologist
  

09:32 Wed May 25, 2016

My First Week on the Summit

Hi, everyone! My name is Emily, and this was my first week working as an intern at Mount Washington Observatory.

I left West Michigan over a week ago and drove to New Hampshire to start my internship. It was my first time in New Hampshire, and consequently my first time seeing Mount Washington. As I drove into the White Mountain National Forest and caught my first view of the snowy and intimidating mountain looming up in front of me, my palms got very sweaty and I suddenly remembered that I was deathly afraid of heights.

I showed up for the first day of work at the base of the Auto Road, full of nerves for the drive up the mountain and for the first day in general. However, my nerves were immediately calmed as people began to introduce themselves to me and assure me that we would make it up to the summit in one piece. And they were right; the drive went smoothly, and I only grabbed the hand of my fellow intern (who I had met about ten minutes before) in a panic one time as I saw a hairpin turn approaching.

Since stepping out of the car and onto Mount Washington, the mountain has become less intimidating to me with every second. It’s really cool to be in a place that has some of the craziest weather with people who love the weather as much as I do. After hearing about the 100+ mile per hour winds that had arrived on the summit the shift before me, I came up to the mountain expecting to see the same. However, my first day brought winds that topped out at…maybe two miles per hour? In the last eight days, the biggest wind gust I observed was just above 40 mph. We saw one snowy day, but other than that, the summit has been mainly in the clear and I’ve been able to clearly see the beautiful view from the top.

Sunset from the summit

Each day of my first shift has been busy and full of learning. The interns started forecasting on our own on the first full day of work. Sitting in the weather room and asking nonstop questions to the observers about different weather systems and models has been very beneficial, and I feel like I’ve learned more about forecasting in just this week than I’ve ever learned in the classroom. In addition to forecasting, I’ve been able to accompany the observers as they go out for their hourly observations, do radio recordings of the daily forecast, and learn about all the instrumentation that we rely on for weather data.

When work was done for the day, there was nothing better than being able to go outside and explore the mountain. I took a lot of walks around the summit, sat outside and read a book, and watched some truly unbelievable sunsets. I even attempted to go for a run on the Auto Road. Jogging down the road was great! Running back up to the summit was a little more challenging. I made it maybe two minutes before I had to admit defeat and walk the rest of the way. My goal for the end of the summer is to be able to run down to the cow pasture and back without stopping – stay tuned for updates!

Emily at the summit sign



Emily Schuitema, Summit Intern
  

12:31 Tue May 24, 2016

A Familiar Place, A New Home

As I look out the window, it appears I’m not in Florida anymore. The thrill of living on top of a mountain has always been something I’ve dreamed of. Since I last stepped foot on Mount Washington, two years ago as a summit volunteer, I knew that I needed to come back. This time however, I’m fortunate enough to be in the thick of it, as a summit intern, learning the ins and outs of this spectacular place.

 

It has been 7 long, but short days; a whirlwind of excitement and eagerness. And although we didn’t receive 100+ mph winds, with snow and riming, it’s been a uniquely memorable experience thus far. From rime covered buildings when we first arrived on the summit, to awe inspiring sunsets and afternoon thunderstorms, this mountain has surely shown me some of the best it has to offer. I can only imagine what the rest of this summer has in store for me. If it’s anything like this week has been, it’ll be one for the memory books. So here’s to many more sunsets, sunrises and inclement weather!




Andrea LaRocca, Summit Intern
  

15:33 Sun May 22, 2016

Our Turn at High Winds

With the immense popularity of last week’s video of summit observers enduring high winds on the observation deck, our shift (who was off at the time) got a little jealous of all the fun they had.

We had to wait a little while for the right weather conditions. But sure enough, our patience was rewarded. Once that happened, we set out to make our own video of extreme conditions during our shift week.

Check out the video on our facebook page here. Don’t worry though; the observers captured in this video are professionals and were perfectly safe throughout the filming process!


Mike Carmon, Weather Observer & Education Specialist
  

18:52 Tue May 17, 2016

A Great First Week

Hello world. I’m Meredith, and this was my first week working as a Summit Intern at the Mount Washington Observatory!

A little bit about me. I graduated last Saturday from Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and I’m obsessed with space. That’s pretty much all there is to know about me, and that’s actually why I’m here at the MWO. My goal for the summer is to gain some atmospheric knowledge, so that I can go back to school and possibly become an expert on extraterrestrial atmospheres.

My first week has been extraordinary. Not only have I been learning about weather patterns, pressure systems, and fronts, but I was able to see the result of these patterns to an exaggerated level you don’t see in southern New Hampshire. My second day here had an almost record breaking high of 55°F, and I was running around outside with short sleeves and a giant grin on my face. Not even two days later though, a cold front came through, and I got to experience the famed wintry conditions of Mount Washington. I was running around outside in goggles and an even bigger grin on my face! One of the coolest things was watching rime ice build before my eyes on the jacket of the observer next to me.

THURSDAY                                                                       SATURDAY 
A comparison of weather on the summit in one shift
How many people get to experience record breaking low temperatures and 100+ mph winds during their summer internship? I have to be honest. I feel pretty lucky. Here's a picture I took from the weather room this morning:
 
Rime Ice on the window

Seeing as I’m an engineer by education and not a meteorologist, I was pretty anxious about fitting in and being able to complete my work. Luckily I’m part of a great team that has made me feel at home, and gladly they haven’t gotten sick of my endless questions… yet. Also, for anyone who was wondering, Marty the cat is as soft and wonderful as he looks in the pictures.

If you come for a tour this summer, you might get me as your guide! So come say hello!
 
-Merry 


Meredith Campbell, Summit Intern
  

17:52 Mon May 16, 2016

How Windy is Windy?

If you’ve ever spent time on the summit with me, I call all wind from 40-70 miles per hour “a bit breezy”. With winds pushing the century mark, and gusts up to 109 mph, I think I will upgrade that to “Blustery.” But how windy is windy, really?

It’s really impossible to imagine the winds on the summit without experiencing them firsthand. The Sherman Adams building has 3 foot thick concrete walls and 3 layers of bullet-resistant glass windows. Even with this protection, the constant, dull roar of the wind is ever-present in the Observatory’s Weather Room. Heading up to the tower to deice every hour is an adventure; the enclosed parapet-like tower roars like the sound of a jet engine as a plane is taking off, and exiting the top door of the parapet is like opening up the window of that ascending jet.

The top of the tower is surrounded by a solid, chest-high railing that blocks most of the wind. In the center of the top of the tower is a 5-foot-tall, concrete cylinder designed to raise the wind instruments above the turbulent influence of the tower railings. In low and moderate winds, we climb up a vertical ladder on the side of this concrete block and duck under a 3-foot-wide red, metal ring attaching various vertical instrument posts. Carefully using a delicate deicing instrument (crowbar), we chip up to half a foot off of the instrument posts on top of the tower. Our critical instruments are heated, but the rime ice building off of these instruments can quickly envelop heated instruments (or at the very least, disrupt air flow).

After wind surpasses around 80 mph, we avoid climbing up the last section of exposed ladder to the instruments, instead opting to deice as much as we can from down below, using a crowbar to send vibrations through the metal posts that attach to our instruments. Next stop is down to the deck to do the real science.

Our official observation point is deck-level. Luckily, during fog observations, we don’t have to use the Sling Psychrometer which takes about 2-10 minutes to give us a reading. Down on the deck, it is easy to underestimate the power of the wind, as our westerly winds put the deck door in the lee of the tower. This is a blessing and a curse; the suction in the lee of the tower is incredible, and opening the deck door in strong winds requires a mighty shoulder-push to overcome the strength of this suction.

Once out on the deck, we must (carefully) check for precipitation. High winds typically (but not always) occur as a low pressure departs and high pressure builds in. In the winter, low pressure systems often bring us snowfall, quickly turning into blowing snow as winds ramp up. Discerning whether there is snowfall or blowing snow (or both) is one of our hourly tasks, and the easiest way to do this is to take a felt-covered board and hold it in the wind. This makes it easy to determine what form of ice is flying through the air (the ice that you can so easily feel through many layers of clothing).

After that, the observer heads back down to the Weather Room (directly underneath the deck) to submit the observation. While we do record and disseminate our observations digitally, filling out paper-and-pencil form is still an hourly routine. I’ve worked to improve my handwriting ever since starting with the Observatory, but all of that work goes down the drain after a windy observation. With adrenaline coursing through my veins, my hands shake almost uncontrollably, making my writing look like that of a 5-year-old.

Wind on the summit is an experience that you can’t just describe to understand. It makes you fully appreciate that air is in fact a fluid and not empty space. It is really impossible to safely face down hundred-mile-per-hour winds almost anywhere else; you’d either be risking your life trying to hike into them (I was exhausted after several minutes of playing in the wind) or risking your life in a hurricane, where flying debris and shrapnel poses a huge threat. Whether safely surfing the blustery wind or relaxing on the couch in our living quarters, I am very thankful for my experience here on the summit!



Mike Dorfman, Weather Observer/IT Specialist
  

18:55 Sun May 15, 2016

Winter's Return
If you follow any of our social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram), you likely saw that it snowed this morning on the summit. As of this writing, it is still snowing with snow showers expected to continue overnight and into Monday. In addition to the snow, temperatures are dropping and winds are ramping up and are expected to reach the century mark overnight into Monday. So it’s a full on return of winter on the summit making one do a double take with the calendar ensuring it is reading May and not March. And while this winter weather is generating a bit of buzz, it is not uncommon for mid-May on Mount Washington.
 
Nelson Crag Trail with mid-May snowfall
 
How common is it for it to snow and be so cold in May? Well, for Mount Washington, pretty common. Looking through our records from the past 10 years, you can see that we have seen snow and cold like this pretty much every year around this time of the month if not later. This trend continues to be true looking briefly back through our 80+ year data record set. But one doesn’t even have to go that far back in time to find a mid to late May cold spell and snowfall; last year we saw nearly 3 inches of snowfall and even set two new daily record lows at 11F on the 22nd/23rd. The summit will come close to setting a record low tonight if it drops to 14F (1935, 2002) by midnight (EST); if not, it is unlikely the next three days will be broken. May 16th’s record daily low is 3F (1936), May 17th’s is 6F (1956), and May 18th’s is 8F (1944).
 
Sherman Adams Building with snow and rime in mid-May
 
But there is at least something positive to look at - it is May, so that means whatever snow does fall in the next 48 to 72 hours will melt off fairly quickly as milder temperatures and spring sunshine return in a few days time. Will it happen overnight? No, but give it a few days and all will be more spring-like once again. To track when that might be, keep an eye on our 48 hour Higher Summits Forecast which is updated twice a day by 5 am and 5 pm.


Ryan Knapp, Weather Observer/Staff Meteorologist
  

16:29 Fri May 13, 2016

From Summer to Winter!

After very mild temperatures over the past few days, wintry weather is set to make a return to the higher summits of New England this weekend. Temperatures climbed all the way up to 55°F on Thursday on the summit, just two degrees shy of a daily record high. We saw plenty of hikers enjoying the warm temperatures, sunshine, and light winds, and it felt like the first summer-like day up here.

Changes are already on the horizon, with a cold front crossing the area this evening producing steady rainfall and summit fog as of this writing. A second cold front will bring much colder readings to all of New England by Sunday, with temperatures bottoming out near 10 degrees by Monday morning on the summit. Upslope snow showers will also accompany the second cold front, with a few inches of snowfall likely creating a much more wintry scene after the recent warm up has left only patches of snow. There’s even a small chance for thunderstorms especially Sunday afternoon as the second front ushers in the colder air, which could allow thunder-snow to occur on the summit! Having so much variety to our weather this week has made it very interesting to be up here, I’m looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds in the next few days!



Tom Padham, Weather Observer/Meteorologist
  

07:21 Tue May 10, 2016

Warmer Days Ahead! At Least in the Near Term

After a winter dominated by ridges and warm air advection in New England, spring has been fairly cool. We have been in a persistent trough with weak ridges building in for a short period leading to plenty of cold air aloft keeping the temperatures on the cool side. Over the next few days, it looks like there will be a strong ridge building into New England, with temperatures in the valleys soaring into the mid-70s and the summit possible getting to 50 degrees for the first time this year on Thursday May 12th! From the upper air map below(250mb analysis), you can see the deep trough over New England responsible for the much below average temperatures that we saw this weekend. Out west, there looks to be a deeper trough but the southern jet is the subtropical jet and usually has warm air south of it and mild air north. To the north in Canada, that is the polar jet and north of that is cold air. The polar jet dives south over the great lakes and then passes to the south of New Hampshire so we are socked in the cold air.

 

On this next upper air map, is the forecasted jet stream position for Thursday. The polar jet has retreated well to the north with warm air over the region with few clouds due to sinking air under the ridge. There will be plenty of sunshine across the state and with the days getting longer and the sun higher in the sky, there with be a good deal of solar heating!

 

Unfortunately, this warm spell doesn’t look like it will last forever. Another trough is taking aim at New England next weekend bringing showers and cooler weather once again. The good news is that this is still a week out and could change but most models are in agreement that there will be colder air returning.

Due to the complex nature of the weather in the White Mountains, our official forecasts for the next 48 hours are issued twice daily at 5 am and 5 pm daily. Find it HERE



Adam Gill, Weather Observer/IT Specialist
  

12:54 Sat May 07, 2016

Extraordinary Views to Total Darkness

My first week on the summit was a fond reminder of why I decided to return to work for the Mount Washington Observatory. On average, the summit of this mountain is shrouded in fog 61% of the year. Traveling to the summit offers the chance to see truly spectacular views if you happen to be up here on a clear day. On clear days, when the atmosphere is relatively dry and free of haze, it really feels like you are on top of the world as you can see as far as 131 miles at times. As the sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean (65 miles from the summit) each clear morning, you can see a bright orange strip directly on the horizon. Looking to the west on the absolute clearest of days you can see Mt. Marcy in New York, which is 131 miles from the summit! Obviously, during the night we cannot see these far away mountain peaks, so we use city lights to determine our visibility. The furthest city that we can see at night is all the way to Portsmouth NH, which is 87 miles to our south! Portland Maine shimmers to the southeast 65 miles away and sometimes at night with the moonlight reflecting off the Atlantic Ocean that also appears as a strip of light on the horizon.

All of these remarkable views were frequently showing up for us on our last shift, which made it a difficult week for my cell phone. Prior to the start of this shift, I had to delete upwards of 600 pictures. I should probably get an actual camera at some point, but that is beside the point. This week has been a different story so far. An active weather pattern originating at the upper levels of the atmosphere where a stubborn trough has continued to produce low pressure systems off of the Carolina coast sending them towards New England resulting in a surplus of moisture. As a result, we have not seen much this week. I did luck out yesterday morning at the end of my shift as clouds eventually cleared out revealing a beautiful undercast, but after I stared at it for a bit I had to go to bed for a good days sleep. Clear weather stuck around for much of the day until I woke up. Almost as if the atmosphere sensed I was awake again, clouds ripped up over the mountain and hid the views from me (real mature, clouds). 

 

Being a night observer has given me a new appreciation for what total darkness really looks like. This was the case Thursday night when the atmosphere served the summit a tasty cloud sandwich, without a side of fries (they would have cost extra). Clouds just above the summit blocked out the moonlight and astral light, while clouds below the summit hid all city lights from me. I had the lights off in the weather room so that when I went outside it would not take my eyes any time to adjust. That was not the case. Upon going outside, I cautiously made my way to the end of the A-Frame a mere 15 feet from the door and stared into complete darkness. It actually took my eyes at least 5 minutes to adjust to the lack of light! Once they had finally adjusted, it was still hard to determine where all of the cloud layers were located. I did not think it could get much darker than that until last night when we were in some of the densest fog I have seen up here. Well honestly, it is more like the densest fog that I have not seen up here. I would post a picture, but you would just as well look at a piece of black construction paper. My girlfriend loves scary movies, but she will have to watch them on her own as long as I am the night observer.



Caleb Meute, Weather Observer/Staff Meteorologist
  

14:15 Thu May 05, 2016

Paw-don This Interruption

With the distinct honor and privilege of being the Observatory's most distinguished and venerable staff member, I write to you with a belly full of scrumptious treats and a mind bursting with invaluable observations regarding high-altitude life as the sagacious Summit Cat.

The summit observers tell me this winter has been a mild one, but I wouldn't know it. The cozy interior of the weather room has been my purr-imary dwelling place throughout the last few months. Anything below 40F is far less than ideal for my delicate feline senses. Nevertheless, all of this parched wintertime air has been drying out my fur like you wouldn't believe, so I am looking forward to the longer summer days ahead. And all of this lounging around is inhibiting my cathletic abilities—outside time is long overdue!

 

Summer also means new interns, more nights stretching my paws amongst the rocks, and an influx of visitors—all of which are sounding pretty good right about now. I do enjoy my alone time, don't get me wrong, but it will be nice to see some more friendly faces up here soon. The observers are becoming immune to my powers of purr-suasion, so it's about time for some fresh faces that are primed to spoil me silly.

If you're interested in a visit to my summit domain this summer, and the exceedingly exciting expectation of catching me in the flesh (and fur), consider a summer day trip or a weather station tour. The observers may not shower me with enough treats, but they certainly know how to give a great tour! 



Marty, Summit Cat
  

19:05 Tue May 03, 2016

Operating Schedules
With summer quickly approaching, we start getting questions via email and our social media pages about the operating schedules for the various entities on and around Mount Washington.
 
Mount Washington Observatory:
Our Weather Discovery Center in North Conway is open Thursday-Monday from 10am to 5pm. Live From the Rockpile runs at 1115 am and 215 pm Thursday-Monday. Additional information can be found HERE.
 
Weather Station Tours - available when the Mt. Washington State Park Sherman Adams Visitor Center is open to the public (see below). Additional information available HERE.
 
Extreme Mount Washington (museum) is located inside the Mt. Washington State Park Sherman Adams Visitor Center; it is open whenever the NH State Park Visitor Center is open to the public (see below). Additional information available HERE.
 
Mount Washington State Park:
Mt. Washington State Park, Sherman Adams Summit Building, Concession, Tip Top Historic Site operating hours are available halfway down their website HERE. Hours are subject to change, so please check their page and/or contact them directly (information at the top of their page) for the most current information.
 
Mt Washington Auto Road:
Information for the Mt Washington Auto Road can be found on their website HERE and their schedule of operation is available HERE. Hours of operation are subject to change, so please check their page, their social media pages, and/or contact them directly for the most current information.
 
The Mount Washington Cog Railway:
Information for the Mount Washington Cog Railway can be found on their website HERE and their schedule of operation is available HERE. Hours of operation are subject to change, so please check their page, their social media pages, and/or contact them directly for the most current information.
 
White Mountain Huts of New Hampshire:
Information about the AMC network of high mountain huts is available HERE. Information about the RMC high mountain huts is available HERE.
 
Trail and Tuckerman Ravine conditions:
Trail conditions can be found HERE or by reading the forums available HERE. Tuckerman Ravine conditions can be found on the Mount Washington Avalanche Center page HERE or by checking out Time for Tuckerman HERE or Friends of Tuckerman Ravine HERE.


Ryan Knapp, Weather Observer/Staff Meteorologist
  
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