Weather Service Celebrates, Balloons and All
When I saw the announcement about this past weekend's National Weather Service Open House in Sterling, Va., which included a dedication for the new Baltimore/Washington forecast office, I noticed there would be hourly weather balloon launches during the two-day event. I've read about weather balloons for years, but never actually seen a launch.
When I arrived, I immediately went to the launch site and took a few photos as a balloon took flight, lifting a box of weather instruments called a radiosonde.
Keep reading for more photos from the National Weather Service Open House and additional commentary. And see our full forecast for the latest on a potentially rainy Saturday.
I then went to a tent and watched a SKYWARN presentation, complete with storm photos and descriptions. At another tent, I watched a show called "Weather in Music and Prose." In that show, NBC4's Bob Ryan read weather poetry and a musical group played renditions of popular songs that have weather themes. It was quite enjoyable, but I'm a weather geek, so that's to be expected.
I then toured the NWS offices and later toured the Sterling Field Support Center. See the photos below to complete the story.
| October 24, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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