Uniquely situated atop the highest peak in the Northeast, Mount Washington’s Observatory measures atmospheric conditions in some of the harshest environments on the globe. Exhibits at the museum and Weather Discovery Center (down below) allow for hands-on learning about the science of weather and climate. The twice-daily live video feed from the observatory puts visitors in direct contact with the scientists themselves at the summit.
The Mount Washington weather station was the first of its kind in the world, setting a standard that would later be emulated by others. Weather records from the summit have been recorded back to the end of the 19th century. Daily temperature and humidity readings provide valuable insight into atmospheric science, as the weather conditions at the mountaintop are so extreme it has been called “the worst weather in the world.” An air cannon, wind room, and flow tank allow for visitors to experience and learn more about some of the weather phenomenons taking place at the observatory.
Mount Washington’s Weather Discovery Center is located in North Conway Village, across from the Eastern Slope Inn. Suitable for all ages, admission costs $2 for adults and $1 for children. The live broadcasts from the observatory take place at 11:15 am and 2:15 pm daily.