NWS Grand Rapids to Host Open House this Saturday, October 9th (Updated Oct 4)

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Grand Rapids, Michigan will be hosting an open house at its facility this Saturday, October 9th, 2010, rain or shine, from 10 am - 4 pm.  Admission to the open house is free.

 
This open house will provide an opportunity for the public to tour our office, learn about what we do at the National Weather Service, and to interact with many of the agencies we work with.

In addition to touring our facilities and seeing some of our tools in forecasting and warning operations, everyone will also have an opportunity to see the following:

Three weather balloon launches at...1015AM... 1245PM... and 315PM.

A Fire Truck

Wildfire Fire Truck

Reed Timmer and the Dominator from "Stormchasers"

Airport Snow Thrower

Road Commission Snow Plow

Road Commission Anti Icing Tanker

Smokey the Bear

TV Weather Personalities from WOOD TV 8 and FOX 17

Presentations on the Killer Tornadoes of 1956 and 1980

Video of how the Radar Works

Various kids activities

Table Top Version of a River Valley

Weather Science from the Classroom

K9 Unit (Bloodhounds) - Kent County RACES


Some of the agencies and partners that will be in attendance at the open house include:

Cascade Fire Department                                Great Lakes Environmental Reasearch Lab

Intermet                                                                 Firewise - MSU Extension

US Forest Service                                              Central Michigan Univ. Meteorology Dept.

Kent County Road Commission                    Kent County Sheriff Dept.

US Geological Survey                                       Boy Scouts

Channel 8 - WOOD TV                                       Reed Timmer and The Dominator

Channel 17 - WXMI TV                                      Gerald R. Ford International Airport

American Red Cross                                         Amateur Radio Operators

Community Emergency Response Team   Kent County LEPC

Kent County RACES

 

Two weather radios and 5 rain gages will be raffled off. Need not be present to win. The items will be mailed the next week to the winners.

Weather presentations will be given throughout the day at the Kent County Road Commission meeting room next door.

The presentation schedule:

10:00 AM – Introduction to the National Weather Service
10:15 AM – 1980 Kalamazoo Tornado
10:30 AM – Introduction to the National Weather Service
10:45 AM – 1956 Hudsonville Tornado
11:00 AM – Reed Timmer from the Discovery Channel show “StormChasers”
11:15 AM – Reed Timmer continued...
11:30 AM – Introduction to the National Weather Service
11:45 AM – 1956 Hudsonville Tornado
12:00 PM – Introduction to the National Weather Service
12:15 PM – Severe Weather Safety
12:30 PM – Introduction to the National Weather Service
12:45 PM – Become a Precipitation Observer (CoCoRAHS)
1:00 PM –   Introduction to the National Weather Service
1:15 PM –  1980 Kalamazoo Tornado
1:30 PM –  Introduction to the National Weather Service
1:45 PM –  1956 Hudsonville Tornado
2:00 PM –  Introduction to the National Weather Service
2:15 PM –  Careers in Meteorology
2:30 PM –   Introduction to the National Weather Service
2:45 PM –  1956 Hudsonville Tornado
3:00 PM –  Introduction to the National Weather Service
3:15 PM –  Severe Weather Safety
3:30 PM –  Introduction to the National Weather Service
3:45 PM – 1956 Hudsonville Tornado

So make sure you save the date, this Saturday, October 9th, on your calendar. It will be a great time for the whole family.

For up to date information on the open house, please check back at this article on occasion through October 9th.

Brochure (555 Kbytes PDF)

In the case of Severe Weather (Thunderstorms) the open house will be canceled and rescheduled for a later date.



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