Congressman John Yarmuth Visits NWS Louisville

Congressman John Yarmuth and two Congressional Aides, Shelley Spratt and Jasmine Weatherby, visited the Louisville NWS office on Friday, March 1 to take a tour of the office and learn about what we do.  Mr. Yarmuth enjoyed his visit and left with an appreciation for the services we provide.  The Congressman even got to issue a Tornado Warning, albeit just a "test" one.

Below are several photos showing the Congressman and his Aides learning about the wide range of services an NWS office provides.

Meteorologist in Charge John Gordon gives an overview of the various services provided by the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Linda Gilbert demonstrates how our office utilizes social media in regular forecast and hazardous weather operations.


Meteorologist Andrea Schoettmer guides the congressman through issuing a practice tornado warning.

Meteorologist Erin Rau discusses how we use various weather model data and forecasting techniques to issue a long range forecast.

Hydrologist Mike Callahan (seated on the left) and John Gordon display how we monitor river flooding and issue flood warnings.  The group also discussed historic flooding events across the region.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Joe Sullivan (middle) and Information Technology Officer Toby TenHarmsel (right) explain the NWS role in Decision Support Services.  Specifically, they discussed our response to the train derailment in southwest Louisville last October.  Sullivan also mentioned his close working relationship with emergency managers and storm spotters.


Meteorologist Tom Reaugh shows the group various aspects of our climate program and CoCoRaHS.

Meteorologist Brian Schoettmer talks about aviation forecasting and the numerous services provided to local airports.


Science and Operations Officer Ted Funk runs our guests through a flash flooding event that occurred in Louisville in 2009.

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NWS staff and Congressman Yarmuth.



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