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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 09/21/2012

National Weather Service open house this weekend; visit Capital Weather Gang booth

A weather balloon launch at the National Weather Service Sterling open house in 2008 (Kevin Ambrose)
If you’re a weather enthusiast in the Washington, D.C. area, you’ll want to make time to attend our local National Weather Service office’s open house in Sterling, Va. this weekend.

A jam packed agenda has been set up for visitors - with presentations, demonstrations, tours, training opportunities, the appearance of VIP guests and more.

Doors open Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. Activities will take place outdoors, in tents, as well as within the NWS office.

The front of the National Weather Service forecast office in Sterling, Va. (National Weather Service)
Here are activities I’d especially recommend:

* Attend a weather balloon launch. These will be done at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

* Take a tour inside the forecast office

* Attend the presentations: “A recipe for snow” and “June 2012 derecho” offered several times both Saturday and Sunday

* Become an official weather spotter by taking Skywarn training either Saturday or Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.- link to register. Once you have your spotter training, you are eligible to become a Capital Weather Watcher. Stop by our booth to enroll!

Link: Full agenda for NWS Sterling open house, directions, and more details

A glimpse inside the National Weather Service forecast office in Sterling, Va. (National Weather Service)
VIP guests include NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, ABC7 Lead meteorologist Bob Ryan, and Congressman Frank Wolf. They will participate in a “Weather Ready Nation” ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, celebrating the one-year anniversary of NOAA’s program to strengthen responses to extreme weather both locally and throughout the U.S.

Capital Weather Gang will have a booth at the open house, and we’ll have at least one of our meteorologists on hand throughout the weekend. So be sure to stop by to learn more about our Capital Weather Watcher program or just to say hi.

The doppler radar at the National Weather Service forecast office in Sterling, Va. (Kevin Ambrose)

The NWS Sterling office serves not only Washington, D.C. but also Baltimore, central Virginia, nearby mountains, and southern Maryland, west of the Chesapeake Bay.


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