NOAA Weather Station Tour 2015

Another Successful NOAA Tour
Approximately 25 people attended the recent NOAA tour this Fall. NOAA is an agency that reaches from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as they work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. The primary goal is to warn the public of hazardous weather conditions before they occur. The sole responsibility is to issue watches, warnings & forecasts for protection of life and property. Each National Weather Service (NWS) office is staffed 24/7, 365 days/yr. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting edge research and high tech instrumentation. NOAA’s roots date back to 1807 when the nation’s first scientific agency, the Survey of the Coast, was established.
NOAA is part of the Federal Government, and falls under the Dept. of Commerce. There are 122 Weather Forecast Offices in the U.S. The White Lake Twp. location is one of the largest offices, with 10 staffed meteorologists, and is responsible for 17 counties in SE Michigan.
Twice a day, at approximately 7am & 7pm a weather balloon is launched into the atmosphere. This balloon measures various types of weather as it travels through the atmosphere, including humidity, wind speed, etc. It has GPS coordinates. It rises 1000 feet/minute. Approximately 90 balloons are released across the country; 900 across the world. Timing is coordinated across the globe by means of Greenwich Meantime.

The Tour Orientation Program
Tour Orientation

Inside the Weather Monitoring Station
Inside Monitoring Station

The Radar and Instruments
NOAA Radar And Instrument Station

Weather Balloon Prep
Weather Balloon Prep

Weather Balloon Release
Weather Balloon Launch