NWS Goodland Open House

National Weather Service to Host Open House

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Goodland, KS will host an open house on Saturday, October 28th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm MDT.  The public is cordially invited to tour the office (920 Armory Road, Goodland) to learn how the latest computer technology is being used in daily forecast and warning operations.  A ceremony will be held paying tribute to the office’s cooperative weather observers, volunteers who provide daily temperature and precipitation reports across the Tri-State area.  In addition, a drawing will be held to give away five NOAA Weather Radios, and a balloon launch for kids will occur around 12:30 pm. 

“The way in which we prepare and disseminate forecasts and warnings has changed dramatically over the past ten years”, says David Floyd, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Goodland office.  “We want to give the public an opportunity to stop by and visit with us, ask questions about High Plains weather, and see how technology is used in our daily operation.”


Stations will be set up throughout the building where staff members will be available to answer questions about Doppler radar, how to interpret satellite images, and where to find weather information on the Internet.  Amateur radio operators will be on hand showing how spotter reports are communicated directly to the office during times of severe weather.  A Weather Event Simulator will replay past weather events where anyone can sit down and issue a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning as if they were the radar operator on that day.  A weather video will play continuously showing various severe weather events on the Plains.  Personnel will be available to explain other topics, including how to set up a backyard weather station, how information is disseminated, NOAA Weather Radio and the Graphical Forecast Editor.

Since Halloween will be right around the corner, children are encouraged to show off this year’s costume and receive a goody bag and free face painting.  Anyone who already owns a weather radio and needs assistance with programming or learning its features can bring it along and staff members will be on-hand to provide assistance.

For more information, contact Joy Hayden at the National Weather Service at 899-7119.






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