SENIOR OBSERVATORY STAFF MEMBER RETIRING

by Christian Mower on May 22, 2012

A KEY MEMBER OF ITS SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM AND LONGTIME STAFF MEMBER AT THE MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY IS RETIRING.

SCOT HENLEY – EXEC. DIRECTOR OF THE NORTH CONWAY BASED NON-PROFIT THAT MONITORS SOME OF THE WORST WEATHER IN THE WORLD AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT WASHINGTON – SAYS KEN RANCOURT WILL STEP DOWN THIS FALL AFTER A CAREER OF MORE THAN 35 YEARS WITH THE OBSERVATORY.

RANCOURT CURRENTLY SERVES AS DIRECTOR OF SUMMIT OPERATIONS.

HENLEY SAYS HE’S A HUGE PART OF THE OPERATION WHO’S IN CHARGE OF LOGISTICS, THE EQUIPMENT AND THE PEOPLE WHO STAFF THE WEATHER STATION ON MOUNT WASHINGTON.

RANCOURT’S FIRST TRIP TO THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT WASHINGTON WAS IN 1952. SINCE THEN, HE’S MADE THE TRIP BACK UP MORE THAN 1,200 TIMES.

HE HOLDS BACHELORS AND MASTERS DEGREES IN METEOROLOGY BUT HENLEY SAYS HIS VALUE TO THE OBSERVATORY GOES WELL BEYOND HIS ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE.

RANCOURT ALSO SERVES ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR FRIENDS OF TUCKERMAN RAVINE AND IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE CONWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

HE LIVES IN A SOLAR POWERED HOME IN CONWAY WITH HIS WIFE JANE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORK OF THE OBSERVATORY, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.mountwashington.org.