Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Extreme Weather on Mount Washington

The library will welcome Michelle Cruz, Outreach Coordinator of the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in Conway, for a program on June 7 at 7 p.m. Mount Washington is the site of the "worst weather on earth" and this breathtaking photo, taken on February 19, 2000, can attest to that. For more than 70 years, researchers have been monitoring weather at the summit. In April 1934, a wind gust of 231 miles per hour (372 kilometers per hour) was recorded at the summit, and this surface wind speed record record still stands today.

Cruz will talk about the history and work of the summit station in collecting and disseminating data on severe weather environments, measuring cosmic ray activity, monitoring air quality, and testing weather instruments. Her talk will be illustrated with slides. We welcome adults and students from middle school up to this program. Because seating is limited, we recommend you call 424-5021 or email to reserve seats. You can find out more about the Weather Discovery Center by clicking here.

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