Visiting the National Weather Service

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Members of P.J. Gelinas Junior High School’s Science Olympiad team were invited to visit the local branch office of the National Weather Service as a result of team members Liam Sauer and Andrew Zhang’s first-place medal in the Meteorology-Climate event at the 2015 National Science Olympiad Tournament.

During the visit, nine members of the 2015 team, along their parents and team advisor/Gelinas Science Department Chairperson Gary Vorwald, toured the NWS office located on the campus of Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Upon arrival, they were greeted by meteorologist Gary Conte, who spoke with them about how the NWS forecasts and prepares for severe weather. The group was also invited to tour the facility where weather data is collected and forecasts are developed. The visit ended with the launch of a weather balloon. Weather balloons, which are launched from more than 150 sites across the U.S. twice a day, carry instruments through the atmosphere and measure temperature, humidity, air pressure and wind.