Life and Work of an MWOBS Meteorologist - Chat with a Scientist

by  Mount Washington Observatory

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For over 90 years, Mount Washington Observatory meteorologists have been braving the elements to measure and record weather data – even when temperatures drop well below zero and winds exceed 100 mph! Get to know an MWOBS meteorologist in an interactive format and learn about what their life and work is like at "The Home of the World's Worst Weather". Take a virtual visit to the Mount Washington Observatory; your students will never think of scientists the same way again! 

Designed to be interactive and customizable, the Life and Work program is a "Chat with a Scientist". An interview protocol document will be provided to help teachers and students identify concepts and questions they would like to ask an MWOBS meteorologist. Embedded in the document are videos and articles that will help introduce MWOBS and the science of meteorology, a student worksheet that will help students organize their thoughts and questions, and a question bank with 100 frequently asked questions for students to reference. During the live connection, the MWOBS scientists' time will be most spent interacting with students and answering their pre-formulated questions. If you are looking for a program that explores a career in meteorology and/or that gives your students the opportunity to learn about the study of weather and climate, this program is for you!

This program is customized to fit your classroom's needs.

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About This Program


By Request: $200.00

For individual programs: $200 for the first, $155 for the second, and $125 for each thereafter


1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

Minimum participants:

There is no minimum, but for optimum program interactivity, we suggest at least 10 students

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 30 students

Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Sciences, STEM , Weather and Climate

Program Delivery Mode


Booking Information

This program is not available on Wednesdays

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Mount Washington Observatory

North Conway, NH
United States

The Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit organization aiming to advance the understanding of Earth's weather and climate. We achieve this through weather operations, research and product testing, and educational outreach.

In the northeastern United States, a unique combination of topography, geography, and geology creates one of the world’s most extreme environments – the summit of Mount Washington. Nowhere else on Earth experiences such consistent sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force winds, freezing fog, and driving snow. These extreme conditions have earned Mount Washington the title, “Home of the World’s Worst Weather”.

Through our distance learning programs, we make it easy for students to visit this extreme environment virtually. Students have the opportunity to learn about weather and climate directly from the people who study it every day. Weather observers living and working at the Observatory’s legendary summit weather station will share their first-hand knowledge and experience in an exciting, interactive format. Close that textbook and enter the alpine zone!

Brian Fitzgerald

Program Details


I. Preparation: Teachers will prepare their students by following the provided interview protocol document. This activity is a guide for teachers to prepare students before their opportunity to ask scientists questions about MWOBS, life and work on the summit of Mount Washington, and weather and climate in general.

II. Introduction: This program begins with a brief introduction and discussion about current weather conditions on the summit of Mount Washington - where the scientist will be presenting from.

III. Chat with a Scientist: Students will have the opportunity to ask an MWOBS scientist their pre-formulated questions for the majority of the program time


In this program, students will:
1. Get to know a real life scientist
2. Learn about the study of weather and climate
3. Learn about the extreme weather of Mount Washington
4. Learn about what the life and work is like for a meteorologist
5. Have the opportunity to ask questions about weather, climate, and the Mount Washington Observatory

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS2D 3-5 -- Weather and climate
ESS2D 6-8 -- Weather and climate
ESS2D 9-12 -- Weather and climateThis program is customized to suit your classroom's needs and to meet the national standards that you require.