U. S. Senator Sam Brownback Visits the National Weather Service in Goodland
On Friday, June 26, 2009, Senator Sam Brownback and his staff visited northwest Kansas, making several stops in the Goodland area. Goodland resident Larry McCants brought Sen. Brownback and his aide to the National Weather Service (NWS) office during the afternoon for a 30 minute visit . After introductions, the visitors were given a short briefing by Meteorologist-In-Charge Scott Mentzer, which discussed the history of the NWS office in Goodland, customers served, and the impact of the Goodland office to the local economy. Sen. Brownback then sat down with various NWS staff members to learn more about the technology used by the office to complete its #1 mission, which is the protection of life and property and enhancement of the local economy.
Above: Senator Brownback and his aide get a weather briefing from lead forecaster Fred Stasser (seated), as Meteorologist-In-Charge Scott Mentzer (left) and Science and Operations Officer Al Pietrycha (right) look on.
Above: Dave Floyd-Warning Coordination Meteorologist, discusses Doppler radar and the Graphical Forecast Editor used to generate forecasts and advisories.
Above: NWS Meteorologist-In-Charge Scott Mentzer (L) and Senator Sam Brownback (R).