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Weather Summaries

Winter 2019-2020 Summary – Fifth Warmest on Record

Winter 2019-2020 Summary – Fifth Warmest on Record

Blue Hill ObservatoryWinter 2019-2020 Summary: The winter (December-February) season was generally very warm with a few cold periods, average precipitation and after the first few days, very little snow. The 24-hour mean temperature for the winter of 32.7 deg F was 3.4 degrees warmer than the 120-year winter average and 3.7 degrees warmer than the […]

| March 9, 2020 | Reply
February 2020 Summary – Warmer and Drier Than Average

February 2020 Summary – Warmer and Drier Than Average

Blue Hill Observatory February 2020 Summary: February was generally very warm with much less precipitation and almost no snowfall. The 24-hour adjusted mean temperature for the month of 33.0 deg F was 6.6 degrees warmer than the 120-year average for February and 3.9 degrees warmer than the 1981-2010 30-year average. The average maximum temperature of […]

| March 7, 2020 | Reply

What's Happening on the Hill

Observatory Temporarily Closed to the Public

Observatory Temporarily Closed to the Public

As a preemptive measure to protect our community and staff from the spread of COVID-19, we have made the decision to discontinue public access to the Observatory until further notice. Our staff will continue the climate observing program on its regular schedule.

| March 13, 2020 | Reply
Blue Hill Observatory Begins Earthquake Monitoring

Blue Hill Observatory Begins Earthquake Monitoring

Blue Hill Observatory has been watching the weather since 1885, and Boston College’s Weston Observatory has been watching the Earth quake since 1931. We are now joining forces to monitor the Earth with a recently installed seismograph at Blue Hill. In collaboration with Dr. Alan Kafka, Director of Weston Observatory, Blue Hill purchased and installed […]

| February 11, 2020 | Reply
A Grand Achievement—Blue Hill Observatory’s Unbroken 135 Year Recording of the Weather—Help Us Celebrate!

A Grand Achievement—Blue Hill Observatory’s Unbroken 135 Year Recording of the Weather—Help Us Celebrate!

Imagine, Blue Hill Observatory’s first weather observations were made on February 1, 1885 at the top of Great Blue Hill— from that day on we have maintained an unbroken recording of the weather! Considered a remarkable resource, Blue Hill Observatory’s data is the most homogeneous climate record in North America and is a benchmark station […]

| February 3, 2020 | Reply
Announcing Blue Hill Observatory’s 2020 Summer Workshop: “Launch Your Weather Career”

Announcing Blue Hill Observatory’s 2020 Summer Workshop: “Launch Your Weather Career”

This summer’s workshop  is designed for students who enjoy learning about the weather and who might like a career in meteorology/ atmospheric science. While it is recommended for students between the ages of 14 and 18  years old, others may apply. The workshop will be held during the week of July 13th and July 18th, […]

| January 24, 2020 | Reply
For Our Children, For Us! Please Make the Blue Hill Observatory Your Priority this Giving Season

For Our Children, For Us! Please Make the Blue Hill Observatory Your Priority this Giving Season

For Our Children, For Us! As we reflect on all that we do each year—and our impact—we recognize our legacy begins with our children and their knowledge of the weather and how to leverage that knowledge to ensure humankind and the Earth thrive for generations to come.  Through their excitement and curiosity in climate science we […]

| November 18, 2019 | Reply