High Plain Elementary School students got a glimpse at life inside Mount Washington Observatory during a special enrichment program last week.
William Broussard, the outreach educator at the observatory, traveled to Andover to meet with every grade and share the work the scientists do atop New Hampshire’s massive, 6,288-foot mountain.
The youngsters learned how extreme weather can quickly reach peak conditions on the mountain, creating challenging conditions for the scientists as they conduct their research.
High Plain Assistant Principal Marika Lyons said that one of the highlights for the students was the chance to talk directly to a scientist on the mountain. The scientist Skyped into High Plain, and his appearance was broadcast on the big screen in the school’s auditorium.
“He showed them the weather instruments measuring the current conditions and shared videos and photographs of the weather phenomenon that occur in such extremes,” Lyons told The Townsman.
Superintendent Marinel McGrath attended the presentation as well, joining students as they learned about life within the observatory.
The Mount Washington Observatory has been in operation since 1932 and is staffed around the clock. Over the years, the staff there have survived 231-mile-per-hour wind gusts, white-out blizzards and snow drifts measuring more than 20 feet tall. They have amassed one of North America’s longest continuous climate records, and developed an intimate understanding of the place known as the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather,” according to the observatory’s website.
“It was a wonderful presentation, full of weather facts and the wonderment of nature,” Lyons said.
— Tim Lima, staff writer