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Behind the Scenes


The operations area is just one part of the office. Other important components that remain behind the scenes help our forecasters perform their duties. The picture above is the view from the top of the radar's stairs down towards the building. You can see the enormous tank of diesel fuel that goes to our generator. The generator provides us with uninterupted power when a power loss to the building occurs.





Conference & Training Room

Conference Room Photograph

The conference room pictured above is used to conduct meetings and tours in the office. It also contains an extensive library of meteorological and computer books. Staying up to date on the latest technology and forecasting techniques is a very important part of the job. In addition to the library, we have access to a computer known as the "WES". WES stands for Warning Event Simulator. It allows our forecasters to gain crucial experience by running weather related simulations. These simulations allow our forecasters to be trained for warning operations. The conference room also has a computer, which can be connected via the internet to a training center, for real time teleconferencing and training. The room also stores a DVD player and video library, which are often used during tours.

Conference Room Photograph

Also located in the conference room is our library of meteorology based periodicals and books. It is a good resource for training purposes.




Mainframe Computers

Mainframe Computers

We also have another large room set aside to house the computer systems used to power our new advanced technology. As you can see from the picture above, AWIPS requires alot of computing and communications power. Computers associated with the doppler radar and NOAA Weather Radio are also housed here.



Storm Shelter

Storm Shelter

Another interesting feature of the office is our break room. It is not interesting because of anything that goes on inside, but rather for its construction and alternate function. Because forecasters must continue to work in hazardous situations, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, they need a safe place to seek refuge in an emergency. The picture above shows the construction of our building. Inside the frame you can see a solid concrete structure.

Break Room Photograph

This bunker is actually our break room. It is also equipped with a solid steel door. In an emergency, the staff can take cover in the break room, and survive almost any weather related danger.



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