Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Handicap Accessible: No
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Three state view from rooftop.
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: [There is an] approximately one-mile hike up Great Blue Hill to reach the observatory. Park in the lot on Route 138.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
The observatory is the oldest continuously operating weather observatory in the United States. Many observers are dedicated amateurs. This is a chance for non-scientists to participate in the development of meterology.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We continue to use historical weather instruments, some dating to the 19th century, to observe the weather. Our record of observations is the longest in the United States.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
All that is needed to participate in the observatory's activities is an interest in the weather. We train our staff in the methodology needed to observe weather data and record it accurately. As far as the weather is concerned, we try to eliminate the unexpected.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We try to serve the public. We are open every day of the year. The observatory is fairly small inside. You do not need a reservation to visit, but if you have a large group or want to visit outside of normal visiting hours, please call ahead. To reach the observatory park on Route 138 (by the Trailside Museum) and hike to the top of Great Blue Hill. The Red Dot trail is often used. If you are unable to hike, call ahead for permission to drive up the service road. The service road is generally not available to the public.
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