MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY IS REFOCUSING EFFORTS WITH AN EMPHASIS ON ITS MISSION IN RESEARCH AND CLIMATE SCIENCE
Conway, NH – October 23, 2020 – The
Board of Trustees of the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory (MWO)
announced that it has taken significant steps in recent months to evaluate and
refocus its core work and program offerings with an emphasis on its mission of
performing weather observation and climate research. One outcome of this plan
is the closure of the Weather Discovery Center Museum (WDC) located in North
Conway, New Hampshire.
of 2020 the Board initiated steps to re-evaluate MWOs offerings and focus with
the intention of getting back to our core mission. We started the process with
the appointment of Donna Dunn as Interim Executive Director who specializes in
restructuring and strategically positioning organizations,” said Board Chairman
Gary MacDonald. “We were a few weeks in to this process when the pandemic set
in and created an added urgency for change and reinforced a need for the
realignment of the organization.”
exhibits will be repurposed and displayed in other area locations.
operation of its manned weather station located in the Mount Washington State
Park Sherman Adams building on the summit of Mount Washington continues in full
operation with MWO Weather Observers taking hourly weather observation,
conducting virtual educational programs, research and product testing.
“It was a
very difficult decision to close the WDC because of its history and educational
value but ultimately it was not sustainable and not aligned with our
strengths. We have a dedicated and eager
staff that is excited to hone in on our core work and expand our research
utilizing our nearly 90-year data set which also fuels our educational content
and work with other scientists performing research in climate science,” said
Interim Executive Director Donna Dunn.
“We’ve recently completed a critical review and analysis of our data set
providing a new research grade data set that will allow us to give great access
to researchers both internally and externally.”
the Weather Discovery Center Museum will close, the other entities housed at
the 2779 White Mountain Highway building will remain operational including MWOs
Gladys Brooks Memorial Library, MWO Administrative Staff offices and The
Citizen’s Bank. The property will be reconfigured and a portion will be sublet.
soon announce dates for a close out sale of museum retail items.
About Mount Washington Observatory:
Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution
with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the
Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring
the elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using
this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more
information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.