New National Weather Service Office Open House

The National Weather Service office that has responsibility for the Baltimore/Washington area has opened a new facility near Dulles Airport in Sterling, Virginia. The move to a new facility was required to make way for a new runway at the airport.

The state-of-the-art facility includes a new Doppler Radar (tower and dome on the left) and new weather balloon launching and tracking unit (dome on the right).

The main forecast office includes the latest technologies utilized by the National Weater Service.

The National Weather Service will be holding an open house this weekend, Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday from 12:00n-5:00pm. The official dedication will take place at 1:00pm Saturday.

Activities are planned for the whole family with tours, demonstrations and hourly weather balloon launches.

The address is 43858 Weather Service Road, Sterling, VA 20166. The entrance to the Weather Service grounds and access to Weather Service Road is on Old Ox Road (VA 606) on the north edge of Dulles Airport.

For more information on the open house check the National Weather Service web site http://www.erh.noaa.gov/lwx/openhouse/

By the way, the weather looks favorable.

John Collins

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