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Ag Progress Days 2004
Pictures taken August 17-19 in Rock Springs, PA

Staff members from the NWS Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center and the collocated State College, PA Weather Forecast Office manned a booth at the 2004 Ag Progress Days event. The annual agricultural science and technology event hosted by Penn State University and held in rural Rock Springs, PA is Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition which draws a targeted audience of 40,000 to 50,000 attendees from all across Pennsylvania and neighboring states. Over 3,000 people visited the NWS booth during the 3-day event. Visitors to the booth asked questions about the NWS mission, swapped favorite weather stories, received brochures and viewed tornado and flood videos. Click on pictures below to get a full-sized image.

Twelve year old Amber Devlin from State College, PA stands beside hydrometeorologist Dave Solano from MARFC. Amber impressed the NWS staff at the booth with her knowledge of meteorology. Perhaps a future NWS employee?
A bright sunny day greeted MARFC employees Dave Solano, Ted Rodgers and Charlie Chillag as they prepared to meet guests at the NWS booth during Ag Progress Days 2004.
Meteorologist Paul Head from WFO State College speaks to guests about the dangers of severe weather and flash flooding associated with tropical systems.
Ted Rodgers and Paul Head speak to a group of farmers about the prolonged period of wet weather and the mission of the NWS.
Another large group of people gather round the NWS booth for a peek at the local forecast for Southern Centre County, PA. NWS personnel stressed the importance of obtaining local weather forecast and warning information via NOAA Weather Radio.
Avid weather watcher visits NWS booth and obtains a cloud chart and swaps a few weather stories with meteorologist Paul Head. The cloud charts and Owlie Skywarn brochures for kids were very popular and greatly appreciated. To learn more about tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and much more download the Owlie Skywarn book here. (1.6 mb) Also,  download the NWS "What is a Hydrologist?" Book here. (3.5 mb)
Standing room only! NWS personnel spoke with over 1,000 visitors in one day at Ag Progress 2004. The NWS booth was a very popular destination for folks in the farming and agricultural community.


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