On October 28, 2006, during the Open House festivities at the Goodland National Weather Service, children released approximately 100 balloons. Each balloon had a postcard attached. The children filled out the card with their own name and address before the release. The card asked that anyone finding the balloon note the location where the balloon landed and mail it back to the child.
Recently a young man from Goodland received his card in the mail. His balloon had traveled south over 150 miles to Greensburg, Kansas. A rancher had found the balloon 8 miles south of Greensburg while fixing fence. The rancher wrote, "It must have decided it was time to land!"
Pictured below is Scott Mentzer, Meteorologist in Charge of the Goodland office, presenting the young man with a certificate for being the first to return a card to the office. Asked if he was interested in meteorology as a career, the boy said, "I might be now!"