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Observer Comments

11:50 Fri May 11, 2018

A Dream Fulfilled

“She believed she could, so she did.” – R.S. Grey, Scoring Wilder

It has been a dream of mine to work on Mount Washington ever since I got a weather station tour back in the summer of 2011. Seeing all of the tools that are used up here to forecast weather, learning all about the extreme weather that can be seen up here, and meeting some of the observers made me realize that this is something that I want to do. Six years later, I was offered the Summer 2017 Internship! I was beyond excited for this opportunity. After that internship ended, I wanted to try for the Winter 2018 Internship to experience the full power of Mount Washington. I was excited when I was accepted for that as well! My dream came true…twice!

 
Figure 1. A selfie I took in front of the summit sign.

Through both of these internships, everyone in my shift was so helpful in teaching me the ways of working atop the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather”. They taught me many things such as how to code weather observations, better ways to create a weather forecast, how to measure precipitation, what tools they use to measure weather up here, and how a real meteorological team works. Each skill that I have learned has helped me grow as a meteorologist and grow as a person. I will be forever grateful for that.

 
Figure 2. Hays chart showing 131 mph winds on April 16th. The highest wind speed I have seen on Mount Washington!

Although my internship is at its end, I will never forget all of the fun and experience I have had up here. Mount Washington will remain in my heart forever!

Figure 3. My shift and I in front of a sunrise on March 7th.


Jillian Reynolds, Summit Intern
  
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