The Complexity of Weather Forecasting in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, New Hampshire
A 36-hour forecast for the higher summits follows a structure that directly caters to both the unique environment of the Presidential Range and the variety of users that use the information to make decisions regarding activities above the tree line. MWO meteorologists utilize a wide variety of model data, in conjunction with a number of additional sources, to predict mountain fog, rime and glaze ice accretion, precipitation, temperature, wind, and many other weather phenomena. The forecasts are disseminated through various media outlets, such as local radio and television stations, as well as through MWO's website and social networking platforms. MWO meteorologists must always maintain a balance between accuracy, to preserve the integrity of an outlook, and caution, to ensure the safety of the audience utilizing the information. Through improvements in observational data quality and increased model reliability, the Mount Washington Observatory strives to continually improve the quality of these forecast products, while continuing to inform visitors to the White Mountain region in a concise and timely manner.