Eye On the National Weather Service
Arguably, no other group of government employees has as much impact on your daily life as the forecasters, scientists and technicians of the National Weather Service.
Emergency medical and management personnel; city, county and state governments, and local media all make use of the Weather Service’s research and monitoring. Their forecasts help you decide what to wear to work and how to plan your weekend. They can also provide weather-related talking points for those awkward chitchats with coworkers or perfect strangers.
The suburban Washington office is located on a large field adjacent to Dulles International Airport and last September the 25 staffers moved across the field from their old offices into a new, energy efficient facility.
Today, The Eye launches a series of occasional video profiles of federal government employees with an insider's view of the Weather Service. "Eye On..." will focus attention on the people that have challenging, unique or just plain exciting federal jobs, and we hope each profile conveys the enthusiasm, passion and sense of mission demonstrated by the people we meet.
Our pilot episode, produced by Washington Post video journalist Akira Hakuta, profiles the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office in Sterling, Va. Click the video player above and meet Meteorlogist-in-Charge Jim Lee, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chris Strong, Science and Operations Officer Steve Zubrick and Hydro-Meteorological Technician Trina Heiser.
"Eye On..." will continue as an occasional Federal Eye feature. Who should we profile next? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
| February 23, 2009; 10:43 AM ET
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