National Weather Service Event a Hit in White Lake

Droves of people turned up at the National Weather Service office in White Lake for a 20th anniversary celebration and open house Wednesday.

Meteorologists with the White Lake said Wednesday's open house event was a huge hit - much more so than they had anticipated.

Cars lined White Lake Road and nearby side streets as parking at the NWS office off White Lake Road quickly filled by 2 p.m.

"We had no idea so many people would show up so early," Meteorologist Heather Orow said. "This is fantastic."

While hundreds waited in a long line outside to tour the facility. Kids lined up at Orow's station where she showed them how different things can affect rain water runoff. The kids built dams and got to see how dams and retention basins can affect floods during heavy rainfall.

The office also launched weather ballons every hour, on the hour, from their station at the top of a large hill behind the office.

Several attendees commented on their curiousty about the area, stating they drove past the building often and always wanted to see inside. Many said they were grateful to now have the chance.

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dan August 30, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Had a great time there yesterday, the employees were awesome and seemed to be having a lot of fun explaining what they do...well done!
Piper Christian Applebee Vierik August 30, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I'm glad the open house was such a big hit! I can't believe how many people showed up! It was fantastic to be able to share what the weather service does with so many people and to be able to tell the public how they can also be involved.


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