Understanding Weather & Climate to View the 2024 Eclipse

by  Mount Washington Observatory

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Get excited for the upcoming Great American Eclipse of 2024! This program features a comprehensive journey through the history and science of solar eclipses, as well as insights into the much-anticipated 2024 eclipse. Experience the excitement firsthand as a weather observer joins your class live from the summit of Mount Washington. Delve into the specifics of the 2024 eclipse, from its timing to the critical path of totality. This engaging session will be a one stop shop for everything your class will need to safely view the eclipse. The program wraps up with essential information on weather and climate factors and their influences on eclipse viewing. Gain valuable insights and access the best forecast resources to ensure a safe and unforgettable experience for you and your students.

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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), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

There is no minimum

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum

Primary Disciplines

Sciences, STEM Current Events

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Booking Information

This program is not offered 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 sciences of meteorology and climatology. Please refer to the provided supplemental resources and to our website, mountwashington.org.

II. Introduction: The live program will begin with a brief introduction of the Mount Washington Observatory and the scientist presenting.

III. Program Presentation: The presenter will move through a prepared slideshow presentation about the history and science of eclipses, weather and climate's affect on eclipse viewing, how to access and interpret weather resources, and how to safely view a solar eclipse.

IV. Q&A: Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything related to solar eclipses, weather and climate, and the Mount Washington Observatory.


1. Learn about the 2024 Solar Eclipse
2. Learn how to safely view an eclipse
3. Explore weather and climate resources
4. Learn how to interpret a weather forecast
5. Learn what an eclipse is and why they occur
6. Learn how weather & climate affect eclipse viewing
7. Learn how ancient civilizations and modern cultures interpret solar eclipses

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS1A 6-8 -- The universe and its stars
ESS1B 6-8 -- Earth and the solar system
ESS2D 3-5 -- Weather and climate
ESS2D 6-8 -- Weather and climate
ESS2D 9-12 -- Weather and climate