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.
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.
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.
As 2018 comes to a close we have
compiled a series of videos to share with you (of which we will continue to roll out through the end of the year) 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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