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Spiedie Fest 2009

Day 1

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Day 1
Two computer monitors were used to view weather data. This person was checking out the extended forecast from CPC to see if we would ever see summer!
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From left to right, Electronic Technician (ET) Dave Entry, Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) Caitlan Reilly, Administrative Support Assistant (ASA) Patricia Douglass
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Meteorologist Erik Heden (left) and Student Intern Caitlan Reilly
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Spiedie Fest 2009, Friday night balloon launch.
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One of the more popular features of our booth was the forecast along with the wireless weather station.
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In addition to being able to see real time weather data, users were shown how to access information from our local page.
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The weather station gave real time weather data including the temperature and dew point, humidity, wind speed and direction, barometer, and rainfall amount.
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This display gave a more in depth look at some of the equipment we use such as Doppler radar and automated surface observation system (ASOS). In addition pictures of the office and our forecast area were displayed.
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Lightning posters along with brochures on floods, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and rip currents were free to anybody who stopped by our booth.
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Administrative Support Assistant (ASA) Patricia Douglass and Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) Caitlan Reilly give out a handout on careers in the weather service.
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Electronic Systems Analyst (ESA) Ron Quillen sets up one of the two laptops. Using a wireless internet card we were able to let users see real time weather data such as radar and satellite loops along with the current national weather service forecast.
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Meteorologist Erik Heden explains how to read one of the more popular handouts, a cloud chart.


Day 2

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Day 2
With a forecast for sunny skies and temperatures in the lower 80s, the 2nd day of Spiedie Fest was busy.
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Meteorologist Erik Heden surrounded by a crowd. Once again, the cloud charts along with Owlie Skywarn, an activity book, were the most popular hand outs.
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In addition to brochures on weather safety information, magnets, pens, pencils and mini-flashlights with our web address were given out.
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These ladies are interested in tracking hurricanes and go home with hurricane tracking charts.
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SCEP Intern Caitlan Reilly explains how to use the skywatcher cloud chart.
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ESA Ron Quillen gives out a brochure on the river and flood program in the weather service. On average, flooding accounts for more weather related deaths than any other weather disaster.
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Meteorologist Priscilla Nicosia shows how the point and click forecast works on our website.
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ESA Ron Quillen and SCEP Intern Caitlan Reilly explain how using the hourly weather graph on our website can give you an hourly forecast for where you live.


Day 3

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Day 3
The 3rd day of Spiedie Fest saw a much smaller crowd thanks to heavy rain that fell from the morning into the afternoon.
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While most of the area saw some rain on this Sunday, unfortunately Otsiningo Park saw some of the heaviest.
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Rainfall amounts of more than an inch created scenes like this.
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Heavy rain was too much for straw that had been spread out in the fields the day before.
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A few brave souls toughed it out and were rewarded by no lines for food!
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The 25th anniversary of Spiedie Fest was a success with thousands of participants stopping by the NWS booth. They received invaluable information to protect themselves and loved ones during hazardous weather, as well as a newfound understanding of the NWS.
   

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