National Weather Service

Science Museum

Editorial Review

Turn on the radio or open the newspaper and you'll probably find the results of the work done here, at the weather service's Baltimore-Washington Forecast Office. Real meteorologists (not the blow-dried TV type) employ an arsenal of technology to predict the weather.

On the hour-long tour for fifth graders and up, kids will see the banks of computers on which satellite images are
displayed and millions of calculations take place. But some of this place's work is refreshingly low tech.

How else to measure snowfall than to plunge a ruler into a snowbank? And while you can't deploy a weather balloon yourself, they'll show you the instrument-laden hydrogen balloons they release twice a day.

-- John Kelly and Craig Stoltz