Mount Washington Observatory Celebrates First Day Stamp Release with Mountain Partner

By AlpineZone News |
May 17 2006 - 12:45 PM

NORTH CONWAY, Ne Hampshire ??” A First-Day Stamp Release Celebration is planned for 10 a.m., Saturday, May 27th at the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway. Mount Washington is featured in the collection Wonders of America: Land of Superlatives. The collection depicts forty natural and man-made wonders of the United States. These remarkable places, plants, animals, and structures were selected from every region of the country.

On the front of each stamp, in large letters, are words that describe the superlative nature of a particular place or thing. Smaller type gives the name or location of the featured wonder. Text on the back of each stamp provides relevant statistics and other interesting information.

The stamp, Windiest Place; Mount Washington pictures the mountain, and the text describes the summit of Mount Washington as holding the official record for the maximum wind gust ever recorded on land-and not associated with a tornado or hurricane. On April 12, 1934, an anemometer recorded a wind gust of 231 mph.

The celebration, which is open to the public, will feature remarks by visiting dignitaries, including Matt Leahy, Project Director for US Senator Judd Gregg and Chris Lazaroff, President of the First Day Cover Society.

The program will include a “Live from the Rockpile” video conference with weather observers on the summit of Mount Washington, the official unveiling of the stamp design, and the sale and cancellation of stamps. Refreshments will be served, and the event will coincide with the kick-off to the summer sales season for the museum shop and the Weather Discovery Center. Free admission sponsor for the summer season is the Mt. Washington Auto Road/Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center.

“The mountain has an international reputation as being home to some of the earth’s most extreme conditions. The world record wind, set 72 years ago is a significant part of that reputation. We’re proud of our place in history and we’re honored that the Postal Service chose to recognize Mount Washington in such a manner,” said Mount Washington Observatory executive director Scot Henley. “I’m sure that Sal Pagliuca, Alex McKenzie and Wendell Stephenson, the observers on duty that day who weathered that freak April storm, would be extremely proud if they were alive today to experience this event.”

Sharing in the celebration will be mountain partners Mt. Washington Auto Road, Mt. Washington State Park, U.S. Forest Service, Appalachian Mountain Club and the Cog Railroad. Sponsors for the event include Hannaford, Lakes Region Coca-Cola and Frontside Grind

The Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit organization, which since 1932 has operated the year-round weather station atop Mount Washington. The Observatory maintains an active program of scientific research and educational activities, including the Weather Discovery Center museum in North Conway and winter and summer trips to Mount Washington. For more information contact the Observatory by mail at PO Box 2310, North Conway NH 03860; by phone at 800-706-0432; or visit the Observatory on-line at