The open house was an outstanding success, with nearly 1000 people (961) touring our facility. Our guests had a chance to see and learn about our operations area, our forecast work stations, see a demonstration on how we issue severe weather warnings, tour our radar buildings, and see demonstrations from our various partners.
NWS La Crosse would like to thank everyone who attended, but especially our partners who participated and help us year round:
Next, guests toured our operations area and viewed demonstrations of our work stations. Brief discussions were given on how we perform our daily duties, create forecasts, issue severe weather warnings, and what tools we use to perform these tasks. In addition, we also demonstrated NOAA Weather Radio, how it is used as a major distribution vehicle of NWS information, and how the computerized voice works and sounds.
Next, for those who chose to (14 years and older), there was the rare opportunity to climb our radar tower and see inside the "giant ball" where the radar dish is housed. Many took the 70 foot climb to the top where staff members gave an overview of how our radar operates.
Guests had the opportunity to tour Incident Command Vehicles from both La Crosse County, WI and Olmsted County, MN. Amateur Radio Operators (HAMs) were also on hand hosting a special event station and answering questions concerning how they operate during severe weather.
|Again, the staff of National Weather Service La Crosse would like to thank those that attended our Open House. We appreciate your interest and hope the experience left you with a better understanding of what we do and how we do it.|