NWS Open House - October 28, 2006


National Weather Service
Goodland, Kansas

Open House - October 28, 2006


The National Weather Service in Goodland, Kansas hosted an Open House on Saturday, October 28th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm MDT. Approximately 300 individuals toured the office and took part in the various activities. Stations were set up throughout the building where staff members answered questions about Doppler radar, how to interpret satellite images, and where to find weather information on the Internet. The public also learned how the latest computer technology is being used in daily forecast and warning operations. A Weather Event Simulator was on hand to replay past severe weather events and allowed those interested to issue a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning as if they were the radar operator on that day. Personnel explained other topics, including how to set up a backyard weather station, how information is disseminated, NOAA Weather Radio and the Graphical Forecast Editor.

A ceremony was held in the morning paying tribute to the office’s cooperative weather observers, volunteers who provide daily temperature and precipitation reports across the Tri-State area. Each observer received a framed certificate for their dedication and appreciation of their service. Throughout the day, drawings were held to give away several NOAA Weather Radios. Amateur radio operators were on hand showing how spotter reports are communicated directly to the National Weather Service during times of severe weather. A weather video showing various severe weather events on the Plains and a tornado machine played continuously. A tornado training trailer was on site to provide severe weather safety awareness in the event of a tornado.

With Halloween in close proximity, numerous kids showed off this year’s costume attire. Free face painting was available with any subject from tornadoes to butterflies along with goody bags for the kids. A weather balloon demonstration and launch occurred followed by a balloon launch for the kids.
Open House Photos

In the image above... kids release their balloons during the balloon launch with excellent fall weather (Click image to enlarge).
In the images above... a ceremony was held in the morning paying tribute to the office’s cooperative weather observers (Click image to enlarge).
In the images above... A Weather Event Simulator was on hand to replay past severe weather events and allowed those interested to issue a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning. Free handouts were also available to those in attendance (Click image to enlarge).
In the images above... forecasters showed the latest computer technology being used in daily forecast operations. (Click image to enlarge).
In the images above... attendees enter through the office and are greeted with several handouts and an office map (Click image to enlarge).
In the images above... the equipment room (left) and NOAA Weather Radio (right) were shared with the public (Click image to enlarge).
In the image above... Jim Morrison (State Representative, left) and Ralph Ostmeyer (State Senator 40th District, right) were in attendance. (Click image to enlarge).
In the images above... station history of the office was presented (left) with free face painting (right) for the kids (Click image to enlarge).
In the images above... amateur radio operators showed the importance of storm spotters and a tornado training trailer provided safety awareness in the event of a tornado. (Click image to enlarge).
In the image above... a demonstration was provided to the public on how to set up a backyard weather station (Click image to enlarge).
In the images above... a midday weather balloon launch was shown with hot dogs, chips, and soft drinks (Click image to enlarge).



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