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

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

| October 19, 2021 | Reply

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 […]

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Tropical Storm Elsa Drenches Southern New England

Tropical Storm Elsa Drenches Southern New England

| July 9, 2021 | Reply

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 […]

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Renovations are in progress at Blue Hill Observatory: What you need to know

Renovations are in progress at Blue Hill Observatory: What you need to know

| June 22, 2021 | Reply

Our building is closed No public access is allowed during construction planned through 2022 Obey posted safety signage. Use caution when around construction areas and summit roadways. Extensive work began June 2021 including much-needed concrete repair, historically appropriate door and window upgrades, lighting upgrades and more. The Observatory and grounds will be closed to the […]

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Daily Record Snowfall at the Observatory on April 16th

Daily Record Snowfall at the Observatory on April 16th

| April 16, 2021 | Reply

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 […]

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Observatory Open for Tours Through Late May/Early June 2021

Observatory Open for Tours Through Late May/Early June 2021

| April 3, 2021 | Reply

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 […]

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Applications are now open for Blue Hill Observatory’s Student Summer 2021 Meteorology Workshop: “Launch Your Weather Career”

Applications are now open for Blue Hill Observatory’s Student Summer 2021 Meteorology Workshop: “Launch Your Weather Career”

| February 19, 2021 | Reply

Our immersive summer meteorology workshop is for students who have an interest in the weather and wish to explore careers in meteorology and atmospheric science with professional meteorologists and scientists. Participants in our week-long immersion workshop will: Receive inspirational guidance from Tim Kelley, NBC Boston/NECN meteorologist, through discussions on his insights and passions for weather. […]

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State of the Climate at Blue Hill Observatory: 2020

State of the Climate at Blue Hill Observatory: 2020

| February 1, 2021 | Reply

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.     

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Small Local Earthquake Observed on November 8th

Small Local Earthquake Observed on November 8th

| November 9, 2020 | Reply

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 […]

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November Record Warmth at Blue Hill

November Record Warmth at Blue Hill

| November 9, 2020 | Reply

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 […]

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Record Snowfall at Blue Hill on October 30th

Record Snowfall at Blue Hill on October 30th

| October 30, 2020 | Reply

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 […]

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Observatory and Gift Shop Reopen

Observatory and Gift Shop Reopen

| August 11, 2020 | Reply

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 […]

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Tim Kelley’s favorite websites

Tim Kelley’s favorite websites

| May 8, 2020 | Reply

As a follow up to Tim Kelley’s informative Blue Hill Online program last week, here are Tim’s favorite weather websites. https://bluehill.org/observatory https://www.weather.gov/ https://www.weather.gov/box/ https://mag.ncep.noaa.gov/model-guidance-model-area.php https://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov/data/raw/fo/fous61.kwno..txt https://home.pivotalweather.com/ https://www.weathertap.com/ https://www.spc.noaa.gov/ https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/pna/nao.shtml https://www.mountwashington.org/ https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/archives/web_pages/sfc/sfc_archive.php https://weather.msfc.nasa.gov/GOES/ https://www.weather.gov/nerfc/ https://ocean.weather.gov/Atl_tab.php

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Blue Hill Observatory Begins Earthquake Monitoring

Blue Hill Observatory Begins Earthquake Monitoring

| February 11, 2020 | 2 Replies

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 […]

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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!

| February 3, 2020 | Reply

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 […]

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

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

| January 24, 2020 | Reply

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, […]

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