If you're a cloud watcher and fascinated by weather, then this Meetup is perfect for you. Unfortunately tours are only during the week, so take the day off and come join us for what I'm sure will prove to be an extremely interesting event. We will have a presentation and then will tour the North Center River Forecast Center (http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ncrfc/) and National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (http://www.nohrsc.nws.gov/). The cost of the tour is $5.00 per person. We will collect the payment prior to the tour. I have been asked to limit the number of participants to 25. Meet in the 1733 entrance, which is the first one as you enter the parking lot. I will schedule a second tour if there is wait list. Please RSVP responsibly and remember to update if your plans change.
Several times each day forecasts are prepared and disseminated for use by the general public, broadcast media, water resources and the aviation industry. Seasonal forecasts are provided for fire weather interests, river and flood stage interests, and recreational aviators. The state-of-the-art Doppler Radar and computer workstations give forecasters the tools to deliver timely information during critical weather. The forecast office staff consists of 13 meteorologists, 4 hydro-meteorological technicians, 1 meteorologist intern, 3 electronics technicians, a service hydrologist, an information technology expert, a facilities technician, and an administrative assistant.
Jointly located with the Chanhassen Forecast Office, the North Center River Forecast Center (http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ncrfc/) provides technical services to multiple forecast offices. These services include river forecasts, outlooks and advisories which are relayed directly to the public via the individual forecast offices. Most of the work done at the NCRFC is based on evaluating observed data from precipitation and river gauges, and analyzing computer models that simulate river conditions to produce a river forecast.
The National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (http://www.nohrsc.nws.gov/) is also collocated with the Chanhassen Forecast Office. The NOHRSC is the NWS center of expertise in satellite and airborne remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) used to support the NWS operational hydrology program.
If by chance, this day turns out to be an active weather day, the staff will need to be focused on the weather and not doing a tour. If that is the case check back here and watch your emails for updated information.
The tour and presentation will last around around two hours. I figured that this time frame shouldn't be too bad traffic wise. I will find a place for us to gather afterward for socializing and stimulating conversation for those interested. As soon as I know where that will be, I will send out a notice.
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