NWS Chicago Open House

The National Weather Service Chicago Office located in Romeoville hosted an open house on Saturday October 3rd, 2009.  We would like to thank all those that took time out of their busy schedules to join us and make our open house a great success! The weather was not entirely cooperative as we had intervals of partly cloudy skies followed by occasional episodes of rain. Nevertheless, we still were happy to have had around 700 visitors take part in our event.

Congratulations to the following winners of our drawing for NOAA Weather Radios:

  • John H from Philo, IL
  • Ken G from Lockport, IL
  • Steven C from Carol Stream, IL
  • Greg L from Plainfield, IL

We would also like to give special recognition to our partners that participated including:

  • The NWS Chicago amateur radio (HAM) team
  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Midwestern Regional Climate Center
  • Lockport Twp Fire Department
  • Romeoville ESDA
  • Will County Emergency Management Agency
  • Red Cross

Some of the highlights of the event included:

  • A working model of a bubbler river gage provided by the USGS
  • An interactive watershed model that demonstrated how changes to the watershed affect flooding along the river
  • A table where NWS volunteers would program your weather radio
  • Information on the CoCoRaHS program
  • Severe weather simulator that let volunteers take the "hot seat" and make warning decisions
  • Displays of current and past weather observing and recording equipment
  • Presentations and tours of our office demonstrating the tools we use to create forecasts and issue warnings
  • Displays explaining our radar and associated equipment
  • A tornado machine/simulator
  • CoCoRaHS water balloon toss


 

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