The National Weather Service (NWS) in Green Bay hosted an open house on Saturday, September 27. Over 400 people toured the facility, viewed posters, learned about weather safety, and watched weather balloon launches.
During the tours, visitors got a taste of how tornado warnings were produced during the June 7, 2007 tornado outbreak. The tour also included a presentation about NOAA and the NWS and ended with a peek into the inside of the Doppler radar's transmitter.
In addition to the open house, three volunteer weather observers were honored for their dedicated service to the agency. John Caskey received the Helmut Landsberg Award for over 60 years of service watching the weather in Vilas County. Jerry Stoltenberg, on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, received the 75 year Institutional Award for observations at the Wausaukee Ranger Station. A 15 year Length of Service Award went to Keith Koster, New London.
The following raffle prizes were awarded: The NOAA Weather Radio went to Richard E. of Greenville; a rain gauge went to Julie D. of Green Bay; the snow gauge went to Bob K. of Green Bay; and the NOAA t-shirt went to Karen P. of New London. Congratulations!