ASRC Climbs Whiteface Summit to Partner with New York’s Highest Museum Exhibit

The University at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) is a partner in the highest museum exhibit in New York State at Whiteface Mountain.

View of Whiteface Mountain from Lake Placid Lodge.

The Mountain’s “Island in the Sky” exhibit was designed by The Wild Center of Tupper Lake, N.Y.,
a not-for-profit organization located on a 31-acre site near the geographic center of the Adirondacks. The exhibit opened in July 2013 with support and oversight from the Adirondack North Country Association and the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

Visitors can drive up the Veterans’ Memorial Highway, visit Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y., take an alpine nature walk, and learn about rare plants that have survived since the last ice age 10,000 years ago. Families can travel through a 426-foot-long mountain tunnel and ride the elevator to the ASRC’s Observatory and Weather Station at the summit of Whiteface.

The ASRC has been tracking the brutal climate at its Whiteface Mountain field station since 1961. At 4,867 feet high, Whiteface is the fifth tallest peak in NYS. The winter winds roar through at up to 148 miles an hour, and the average January wind chill is -62 °F.

In addition to the ASRC, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Mountain Club, SUNY Plattsburgh, and many other groups contributed content.