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Clouds wash over Mount Katahdin's Tablelands, just a mile or so from the northern terminus of the Appalachian TrailNin the cat on Mount Washington. Illustration by T.B.R. Walsh from Cat in the Clouds

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CAT IN THE CLOUDS A purr-fect picture book!
Hardcover, 32 pages, more than 35 color illustrations, The History Press, 2009

The true adventures of Nin and the famous Mount Washington Observatory cats
Text by Eric Pinder. Illustrations by T.B.R. Walsh.
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The true adventures of Nin, the Mount Washington cat.

NIN NEEDS A HOME. Stray cat Nin drifts from house to house until he meets a meteorologist named Mark. Then Nin begins his greatest journey yet—to the top of Mount Washington. Follow Nin to a land where the wind howls, snow swirls and wild bears roam. At the famous Mount Washington Observatory, Nin learns that the best friends—and a wonderful home—can be found anywhere, even high above the clouds.

Richly illustrated with watercolors by T.B.R. Walsh, Cat in the Clouds will delight children and adults with a peek inside the famous weather observatory atop Mount Washington, where a  handful of hardy meteorologists and clever cats have watched the weather since 1932. An appendix introduces children to other cats on Mount Washington, from Oompha and her kittens on the day of the record-breaking Big Wind in 1934 to the newest observatory cat, Marty.

Cat in the Clouds
Cats everywhere agree: Cat in the Clouds is a great sleep on.  This stray cat showed up at a family picnic and made himself right at home.

Cat in the Clouds is the true story of Nin’s adventures from the moment he showed up as a stray at the Putney School in Vermont to his fun-filled days as a “weather cat” on top of Mount Washington, the Home of the World’s Worst Weather. The author, Eric Pinder, lived and worked alongside Nin on the summit of Mount Washington for seven years. He is the author of many books about weather, mountains and nature. Cat in the Clouds is his first book for children.

T.B.R. Walsh is the award-winning illustrator and co-author of the acclaimed book Treehouse Chronicles. On his blog, he shares sample illustrations and describes the challenges of illustrating a children’s book like Cat in the Clouds.

Cat in the Clouds on Facebook

See sample illustrations at the Cat in the Clouds page on Facebook. Purchases of Cat in the Clouds at the Mount Washington Observatory Shop help support the Observatory’s weather research and educational programs.



Nin the cat searches for his book. Where’s my book?
(Don’t worry, Nin, it’s now available in bookstores and at

Find even more of Nin’s and Marty’s mountain misadventures and mischief in the new expanded edition of Life at the Top, by Eric Pinder. These humorous and informative stories about life on a mountaintop are sure to appeal to hikers and weather aficionados alike.

“...a thoroughly enjoyable book,
a mish-mash of information and experience,
pulled together with a ribbon of humor.
It makes you wish you could join the crew!”
-The Hollis Times

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