Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 4:20 pm
In 1934, a weather observer stationed at the peak of Mount Washington recorded a, then record, wind gust of 231 miles per hour. As a point of reference, that’s in the same neighborhood as an F5 tornado.
Even on hot summer day, conditions at the peak can drop below freezing in a matter of minutes – which is just one reason more than 135 people have died in the shadow of Mount Washington since 1859.
And yet, Mount Washington isn’t just Home of the World’s Worst Weather--as a sign at the summit famously boasts--it’s also home to a weather station, where a team of researchers are able to safely live year-round.
Which begs the question: would the Mount Washington Observatory be the perfect place to survive a zombie apocalypse?
Maine Preservation Executive Director Greg Paxton says these places face a variety of threats and, often, demolition. But he says there are also broader themes, such as what the future holds for entire downtown areas.
This year, on Friday November 7th, we are taking our annual Maine Calling Holiday Gift Guide Show on the road and turning it into a live event showcasing over a dozen Maine artisans and businesses and their wares.
Host Jennifer Rooks and the Maine Calling crew will broadcast live from the SPACE Gallery at 538 Congress St. in Portland and discuss holiday gift giving and the abundance of locally made gifts with Alex Steed, Bangor Daily News blogger and founding partner at Knack Factory, and Laura Serino, digital editor of Down East Magazine.
A 10-minute preview of a film called "In Blind Sight" will debut later today at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Ben Frost, director of legal and public affairs for New Hampshire Housing, said he was inspired after hearing Claudia Folska, who is featured in the film, and invited her to keynote a conference of planners.