This is where you can learn about the latest news from the Blue Hill Observatory and where you can find links to where BHO has been mentioned in media reports and articles.

Observatory Receives a “Save America’s Treasures” Grant to Conserve our Historic Climate Books – Your Help is Needed to Raise Matching Funds

The non-profit Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center,a National Historic Landmark located atop Great Blue Hill, was recently awarded a “Save America’s Treasures” (SAT) grant by the National Park Service to preserve many of our historic climate resources. In support of this project, the Observatory is seeking $65,000 to fulfill the obligation to raise matching… Read More »

Tropical Storm Elsa Drenches Southern New England

After making landfall in Florida and moving over much of the East Coast of the United States over the past two days, Tropical Storm Elsa crossed southeastern New England on Friday, July 9, 2021 and passed approximately 40 miles to the southeast of the Observatory at mid-day. Torrential rain arrived early in the morning, and… Read More »

Daily Record Snowfall at the Observatory on April 16th

A strong coastal storm combined with anomalously cold temperatures to bring a record breaking snowfall and more than two inches of much needed liquid precipitation to the summit of Great Blue Hill on April 16th, 2021. Rain began during the night, and snow started mixing with rain just before the 7AM EST observation. By 7:30AM, the… Read More »

Observatory Open for Tours Through Late May/Early June 2021

We are excited to announce that the major Observatory renovation project, which has been in the planning stages for several years, is underway. Extensive work will start in June that will require that we close to the public until some time in 2022. The building will get a much-needed rehab including concrete repair, historically appropriate… Read More »

State of the Climate at Blue Hill Observatory: 2020

This report is an updated summary of the extensive annual and seasonal climate records of the Blue Hill Observatory that also documents the changes that have occurred in several key parameters over the entire period of record.   This document is also available as a downloadable PDF file.     

Small Local Earthquake Observed on November 8th

Shortly after 9 AM EST on Sunday, November 8th, 2020 a small 3.6 magnitude earthquake shook parts of southeastern New England. The epicenter was about 6.2 miles below ground under Buzzard’s Bay and just offshore of Bliss Corner, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The earthquake was recorded on the seismographs at the Blue Hill Observatory and other… Read More »

November Record Warmth at Blue Hill

A period of unseasonably warm weather that arrived on Thursday, November 5th has brought several daily record high temperatures to the Observatory. The new records observed through November 11th are: 11/06/2020: DAILY RECORD HIGH MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 72F,                      BREAKS PREVIOUS RECORD OF 71F SET IN 1959 AND 201511/07/2020: DAILY RECORD HIGH MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 75F,                      TIES PREVIOUS… Read More »

Record Snowfall at Blue Hill on October 30th

The remnants of Hurricane Zeta, another developing coastal storm behind it, and a very cold air mass for October have combined to provide a period of heavy rain on Thursday, October 29th, into the following night, which changed to snow early Friday morning. A total of 6.5 inches of snow was measured on the summit… Read More »

Observatory and Gift Shop Reopen

The Blue Hill Observatory and Gift Shop are now open to the public with restrictions from Friday through Monday 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. and every day by appointment from 8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Please note, social distancing restrictions are being followed and face masks are required inside the Observatory. Group sizes are limited… Read More »

Tim Kelley’s favorite websites

As a follow up to Tim Kelley’s informative Blue Hill Online program last week, here are Tim’s favorite weather websites.