Extreme Weather Observations

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! These extreme conditions have earned the summit of Mount Washington the title "Home of the Worlds Worst Weather". Take a virtual visit to the Mount Washington Observatory and learn what it takes to collect atmospheric weather data in such an extreme environment. 

This program takes a more scientific look into the work of MWOBS weather observers. Topics covered in this program include Mount Washington’s meteorological means and extremes, the science behind Mount Washington’s notorious weather, and how to take weather observations in an extreme environment. Students will also learn about meteorological variables, such as air pressure and wind, and the instruments used to record atmospheric properties. Additional student activities include a weather journal, a wind graphing and math activity, and a follow-up worksheet.

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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) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

Minimum participants:

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

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum

Primary Disciplines

Mathematics, Sciences, STEM Weather and Climate

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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: It is recommended that teachers prepare students by briefly introducing the science of meteorology and what the Mount Washington Observatory is. Please refer the the provided supplemental resources and to our website, mountwashington.org.

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

III. Program Presentation: The presenter will move through a prepared slideshow presentation about the extreme weather on Mount Washington and what it takes to collect data in this type of environment.

IV. Q&A: Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about weather on Mount Washington and extreme weather observations.


In this program, students will:
1. Learn about meteorological instrumentation
2. Learn about the extreme weather of Mount Washington
3. Learn how to collect meteorological data in an extreme environment
4. Learn about various weather variables, including temperature, precipitation, air pressure, and wind

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS2D 6-8 -- Weather and climate
ESS2D 9-12 -- Weather and climate