New analysis highlights warming atop Mount Washington

January 6, 2022 GMT

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — A new analysis of meteorological data collected atop the Northeast’s highest peak is shedding light on how climate change is playing out in the mountains.

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 based on an analysis that incorporated new data collected over the last 15 years from both the observatory’s summit weather station and nearby Pinkham Notch with an existing data set going back to 1935.

Past research showed that Mount Washington’s summit had not tipped toward a significant warming trend in contrast to the rates of change at lower elevations. But the recent data show that statistically significant warming is in fact taking place at both Mount Washington’s summit and Pinkham Notch.

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In this story originally published Jan. 2, 2022, The Associated Press reported that Murray recently published a study analyzing meteorological data from the last 15 years from the Mount Washington summit and nearby Pinkham Notch. The story should have made clear that she incorporated new data collected over the last 15 years with an existing data set going back to 1935.