The NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction will host an open house on Sat., Sept. 16, at its College Park, Maryland, campus. The public is invited to tour the facility and meet NOAA research scientists and meteorologists to explore how they forecast and monitor the weather across the country, use satellite data, track atmospheric dispersion of airborne material, and model air quality.
Watch global weather and climate systems come to life on NOAA’s newest Science on a Sphere®, a 3D educational tool. Sphere presenters will use satellite data and other datasets to explore swirling hurricanes, atmospheric rivers, clouds, ocean currents and global climate patterns such as El Nino.
Science on a Sphere ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m.
Sat., Sept. 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction
5830 University Research Court
College Park MD 20740
Admission is free, and government-issued photo I.D. is required for entry. Free parking is available, and a free University of Maryland shuttle bus service is available every 15 minutes from the College Park Metro station. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from your favorite food trucks.
Reporters must register to attend by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTIVITIES / VISUALS:
Watch a weather balloon launch
Learn the ABC’s of weather forecasting
Hear stories from a hurricane hunter pilot and a NOAA Corps officer
See how scientists measure and model pollutants in the atmosphere
View live microorganisms from the Chesapeake Bay
Meet a forecaster on the National Forecast Operations Desk
Learn about NOAA’s exciting science and service to America
This is the center’s first open house since opening the building five years ago. This open house supports NOAA’s efforts to build a Weather-Ready Nation, one that is ready, responsive and resilient to extreme weather, water and climate events. For the schedule and more information about the open house, visit: http://www.ncep.noaa.gov/