Home of the World's Worst Weather

Published: May. 12, 2020 at 3:53 PM EDT
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Southwest Virginia is home to many mountains and most people are familiar with some of the peaks in and around the region. We are part of the Central Appalachian mountain chain that include the Blue Ridge and the Alleghenies. In the Northern Appalachians sits the White Mountains and its tallest peak is known to have some of the wildest weather in the world.

This is the home of the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory. The observatory was established in 1932 and in 1934 they recorded a wind speed of 231 miles per hour. This was the world record until 1996. Their goal is to advance the understanding of Earth’s weather and climate. The observatory maintains a weather station, conducts research, and provides educational programs.

If you have a child who loves science, especially weather, the Mount Washington Observatory has been providing a virtual classroom three days a week via Facebook. Weather observers and educational specialists have presentations that include current weather on the mountain and weather topics that happen across the United States. There content is focused on grades 3 to 8 and all students are encouraged to ask questions that will be answered at the end of each broadcast.

If you would like more information on Mount Washington or would like to know how to get your child involved you can visit

or visit

The virtual classroom takes place at 11:15 in the morning Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

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