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...these qualities defined the founders of Mount Washington Observatory and today we look for these qualities in our summit observers and staff. Ultimately, commitment to these qualities and values is what drew me to this iconic organization.
Our founders had a vision of advancing the understanding of weather, climate and Mount Washington and this vision remains fundamental to our mission today. Due to their steadfast dedication, this mountain top weather station was one of the first of its kind in the world and today remains a unique operation staffed 365 days a year.
Against all odds and with minimal support, these men accessed the summit by foot, and lived on the summit for months at a time in a one room wooden building. They used donated and handmade meteorological instruments to manually record observations. From this remote weather station, data was shared via a two-way radio with the outside world.

Much has evolved in the way of transportation, lodging, communication and instrumentation since those early days. Today we stand proudly upon this solid foundation known as the “Rockpile” and are inspired by the work of countless weather observers and climate scientists through the years.
With so much advancement in technology and communication, we now have an opportunity to further advance our knowledge and to effectively educate the public on the study of climate, weather observation and Mount Washington while continuing to share the vision of our founders.
In essence, we continue to build on our legacy atop the “Rockpile”.

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