Eric Pinder first learned to love weather and mountains in his hometown of Cobleskill in upstate New York, where as a child he watched the stars and lunar eclipses with a toy telescope. After graduating from Hampshire College, Pinder began his writing career when he published a travel guide to Maine's Baxter State Park. In the spring of 1995, he started work at the Mount Washington Observatory. As a weather observer Pinder most often took the morning shift, waking at 4:30 to prepare the radio forecasts. He wrote three books during his time at the Observatory, and for two years edited Windswept, the Observatory's membership magazine. He also led "Understanding Mountain Weather" guided hikes for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Pinder left the Observatory in 2002 to pursue his writing more fully. He became interested in children's literature, and his book Cat in the Clouds, based on the adventures of the Observatory's cat Nin, comes out in May 2009 from History Press. Pinder continues to live in Berlin, New Hampshire, and teaches Nature Writing and Writing for Children at Chester College of New England. His previous books are a first edition of Life at the Top (Down East Books, 1997), Tying Down the Wind: Adventures in the Worst Weather on Earth (Tarcher/Putnam, 2000), North to Katahdin (Milkwood Editions, 2005), and Among the Clouds: Work, Wit and Weather at the Mount Washington Observatory (Alpine Books, 2008).