Our work here at Mount Washington Observatory is anything but typical. Working in the most inhospitable office on earth has its daily challenges, but hourly observations are only the tip of the Rockpile. To truly understand the value of those hourly observations and how we work towards our mission, let me show you part of a "typical" day.

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On a typical day at MWO we are operating a remote summit weather station with instrument testing happening on the tower, conducting educational weather and climate programs that take the form of Distance Learning and Classroom Outreach Programs, leading Weather Station Tours and “Live From the Rockpile” sessions twice daily, and we are teaching and mentoring interns regarding sound research methods coupled with practical application.

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On a typical day we are handling requests from multiple media outlets because that crazy weather pattern or Rime ice has spurred interest across the region and often the country. Our staff are maintaining and operating not one, but two museums dedicated to conveying the message and stories about who we are, what we do and why it’s important. Our volunteers are cooking, cleaning and mailing.

This is only a quick glimpse into what it takes to hold true to our mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create Earth's weather and climate. We do this through observation, education, and research.
Observation, Education, Research

To provide a more intimate look at our work we have compiled a series of videos to share with you that touch on the many facets of the observatory. We hope you will follow our stories and continue to support science and the Mount Washington Observatory.


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Mount Washington Observatory is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution, so gifts to the Observatory are deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please consult your tax adviser for more information.


Stephanie Turnbull, Membership and Database Coordinator
(603) 356-2137, ext. 223



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