Going to extremes at a mountaintop weather museum

MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH (AP) - How do you rebuild a weather museum atop a mountain known for some of the world's worst weather? Very carefully.

Extreme Mount Washington sits on the top of the Northeast's highest peak, in New Hampshire. The museum recently underwent a $1 million transformation from a modest collection of artifacts behind glass to a modern facility packed with hands-on exhibits.

It was somehow appropriate that bad weather forced the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony indoors.

Demolishing the old museum down to the studs and rebuilding it wasn't easy, given the location and the cold, wind, ice and low visibility that consistently combine.

A photographer spent about 30 winter days at the summit to capture the photos and video footage, constructing elaborate heated cases hooked up to car batteries to keep his cameras working.

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