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New analysis highlights warming atop Mount Washington

Mount Washington, at 6,288 feet, is the highest point in the Northeast. View from Wildcat.
Dan Tuohy
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Mount Washington, at 6,288 feet, is the highest point in the Northeast. View from Wildcat.

At 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is the highest point in the Northeast.

A new analysis of meteorological data collected atop the Northeast's highest peak shows statistically significant warming taking place on Mount Washington's summit.

Georgia Murray, a staff scientist at the Appalachian Mountain Club, says a shortage of data remains a challenge to understanding climate change on mountains, but fortunately the Mount Washington Observatory has maintained an extensive and continuous record.

She recently published a study analyzing data from the last 15 years from both the observatory's summit weather station and nearby Pinkham Notch and found statistically significant warming in both locations.

The research includes data records beginning in 1932, according to the Observatory.

Learn more about the study, which draws on the Observatory's long-term data set.

This story was updated Jan. 4th with an additional link about the study.

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