SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
December 1, 2015  

Most Recent Meeting

All Are Welcome at SBE Meetings;
SBE Membership is not Required


Mr. John Andrews III 
Mr. Mike Benonis 
Mr. Robert  Clinton 
Mr. V. Lee Dennis Jr. 
Mr. David Eltzroth 
Mr. Scott Fybush 
Mr. Chris Kontopanos 
Mr. Jeffrey Koscho 
Mr. Kent Kramer 
Mr. Adam Lind 
Ms. Liz Martin 
Mr. James O'Neal 
Mr. Brian Oliger 
Mr. Felix Pena 
Mr. Art Rose 
Mr. Daniel Ryson 
Mr. Tim Sawyer 
Mr. Mike Sica 
Mr. Chris Strong 
Mr. Carl Swanson 
Mr. Richard Sweitzer 
Mr. Mike Wines 

National Weather Service Facility Tour

National Weather Service

Guest Speaker: Chris Strong

November 10, 2015

Our November meeting was a presentation and facility tour of the National Weather Service facility at Sterling (near Dulles Airport), Virginia. Our guest speaker and tour guide was meteorologist Chris Strong.

Although we didn't find any broadcast studios at NWS, there are numerous connections between this facility and broadcasting that we found interesting.

  • Weather is an important and prominent aspect of broadcast programming.
  • Many radio and television stations are dependent on NWS for accurate weather data and forecasting.
  • There is a tremendous amount of technology involved in forecasting weather.
  • Most radio and television stations are interconnected with NWS as part of the Emergency Alert System to quickly advise of weather emergencies.

The NOAA/National Weather Service's forecast and warning office for the Baltimore Washington region is located in Sterling, VA. They issue the weather watches and warnings for weather threats that impact us year round. The office utilizes high technology including satellite, radar, and super computers that model the atmosphere to evaluate and forecast the weather 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year.

When something arises as a threat, the NOAA/National Weather Service alerts the media, government, and public of what to expect and how best to respond. They also create the forecasts for boaters on the Chesapeake Bay, and the airports in our region.

We started the meeting by briefly discussing some Chapter 37 business about 2:30 PM and Chris began his presentation and facility tour immediately afterward.  

NWS Facility Tour - Photo: Brian Oliger
NWS Facility Tour - Photo: Brian Oliger
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