NWS Chicago Open House and Food Drive Saturday October 13

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WFO Chicago on 4 October 2012

The National Weather Service Open House and Food Drive on Saturday, October 13, 2012 has been postponed.

 

The planned Open House at the NWS Weather Forecast Office in Romeoville on Saturday, October 13th has been postponed.  This is due to the threat of thunderstorms on Saturday during the Open House which included outdoor activities, as well as the threat of some of the storms possibly being severe into the nighttime hours.  The NWS is dedicated to serving its partners and public, and with the thunderstorm and severe weather threat potential we feel the best route was to postpone the Open House.  We will reschedule for a later date.  We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank our partners for their flexibility.

 



At the open house visitors will see and learn about:

  • NWS surface and upper air weather observations
  • Volunteer weather observing including the Coop program, CoCoRaHS, and the Chicago-Rockford Area Snowfall Teams
  • The NOAA and NWS organization, the Chicago Weather Forecast Office area of responsibility, and programs
  • An overview of NWS web pages and NOAA Weather Radio 
  • Displays of satellite, Doppler radar, and weather maps
  • Forecast operations and the warning decision process
  • A look at the Doppler radar data acquisition building (sorry, visitors are not permitted inside the radar dome)
  • An overview of computer systems and communications
  • Hazards of flooding
  • How river levels and flows are measured by the U.S. Geological Survey(USGS)
  • Amateur radio operations for severe weather
  • Will County Emergency Management Agency incident command vehicle on display
  • Tornado Machine loaned to NWS by Valparaiso University
  • Local colleges/universities with meteorological programs

 

Some agencies and organizations that will be represented include the US Geological Survey (USGS), Midwestern Regional Climate Center,  Will County Emergency Management Agency, Romeoville Emergency Management Agency, Lockport Township Fire Protection District, American Red Cross, Valparaiso University, Northern Illinois University, and College of DuPage.

The open house will be held rain or shine. Each tour will take around 45 minutes. The first tour will begin at 900 a.m. and the last will begin around 300 p.m. There is no registration. People will be taken first come, first served. It is open to all ages – a great outing for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other youth groups.

At 1:00 PM, we will have a short presentation to publicly recognize two networks of volunteer observers. The NWS Cooperative Observers and the CAST/RAST (Chicago Area Snow Team and Rockford Area Snow Team). They will be presented with certificates of appreciation.  Come learn more about these volunteer programs!

The office is collecting non-perishable food for the Fairmont Food Pantry which is in Lockport, IL. We will have bins located at the entrance near the registration desk.   

For security reasons – no bags, backpacks, purses are permitted in the building. Please leave them in your car. Cameras are allowed.
 
Directions;
We are located at 333 West University Drive in Romeoville, Illinois. We are next to, but not part of Lewis University. There is no access to our building from Lewis University. Entrance is through the Lewis Airport off Renwick Road about midway between Weber Road and Route 53.
 
National Weather Service Chicago map
 

NWS Chicago/Romeoville IL map

 

 

 
From Chicago;
Take I-55 to the Joliet Road exit at the I-355 interchange. Follow Joliet Road/Route 53 about 6 miles. Go past Lewis University to the next stoplight, Renwick Road. Turn right on Renwick and go 1 mile. Turn right at the Lewis Airport entrance (at the orange windsock). Follow the airport road around the curve, then straight ahead until it ends at the National Weather Service parking lot.
 
From the north suburbs;
Take I-294 to I-55 south. Take I-55 to the Joliet Road exit at the I-355 interchange. Follow Joliet Road/Route 53 about 6 miles. Go past Lewis University to the next stoplight, Renwick Road. Turn right on Renwick and go 1 mile. Turn right at the Lewis Airport entrance (at the orange windsock). Follow the airport road around the curve, then straight ahead until it ends at the National Weather Service parking lot.
 
From the northwest suburbs;
Take Route 53/I-290/I-355 to the Joliet Road exit at the I-55 south interchange. Follow Joliet Road/Route 53 about 6 miles. Go past Lewis University to the next stoplight, Renwick Road. Turn right on Renwick and go 1 mile. Turn right at the Lewis Airport entrance (at the orange windsock). Follow the airport road around the curve, then straight ahead until it ends at the National Weather Service parking lot.
 
From the south suburbs and northwest Indiana;
Take I-80 to I-355 north. Exit at 159th Street and go left (west) on 159th. Go through downtown Lockport, then across the Des Plaines River bridge. On the other side of the bridge is a stoplight for Route 53. Continue straight, past 53, for 1 mile, then turn right at the Lewis Airport entrance (at the orange windsock). Follow the airport road around the curve, then straight ahead until it ends at the National Weather Service parking lot.
 
From the west suburbs;
Take Naperville Road to Weber Road south to Renwick Road. Turn left on Renwick and go about 1 1/4 miles. Or take Route 59 or Route 30 through Plainfield to Renwick Road. Go left on Renwick. About 1 1/4 miles past Weber Road, turn left at the Lewis Airport entrance (at the orange windsock). Follow the airport road around the curve, then straight ahead until it ends at the National Weather Service parking lot.
 
From the far southwest suburbs;
Take I-55 north to Route 30. Turn right on 30, then left at the first stoplight by the Honda dealership, Mall Loop Road. Then take another quick left and you will be on Essington Road. Go around the curve, then turn left at the stop sign at Old Renwick Trail, then turn right at the stoplight. This is Renwick Road. Go about 1 1/4 miles past Weber Road, then turn left at the Lewis Airport entrance (at the orange windsock). Follow the airport road around the curve, then straight ahead until it ends at the National Weather Service.
 


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