Treasures of NOAA’s Ark: Journey Through Time

February 2, 2007 — Silver Spring, Maryland

NOAA Heritage Week 2007 got off with a bang with Treasures of NOAA’s Ark: Journey Through Time. The NOAA’s Ark exhibit, which officially opened Monday, February 5, 2007, showcases historical resources that recall the agency’s proud history and legacy of service.

On Friday, February 2, 2007, Fox 5 News in the Morning got a sneak peek of the exhibit. Holly Morris, who highlights local activities on Fox 5 Morning News, visited the exhibit in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Holly and other guests who visit the exhibit will travel through 200 years of NOAA science, service, and stewardship. This special NOAA Heritage Week/NOAA 200th Celebration event and exhibit will transport employees, families, schools, and other guests back to the early days of the Coast Survey, the U.S. Weather Bureau, and the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries, and propel them forward to the NOAA of today.

You’ll be wowed by newly discovered and restored artifacts from NOAA’s past, inspired by the breakthroughs of NOAA’s professional ancestors, and immersed in the many environments in which NOAA operates from sea to space.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, running from February 5 – 14, 2007, in the NOAA Science Center, 1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland. Additional information is available on the Treasures of NOAA’s Ark Web site.

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Holly Morrison discusses NOAA Weather Radio with a representative from NOAA’s National Weather Service.

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NOAA employees snap a picture with Fox 5’s Holly Morris.

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WeatherFest 2007

January 14, 2007 — San Antonio, Texas

Over 1,000 kids in the San Antonio area came to have fun and learn about weather at WeatherFest 2007 on Sunday, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society. NOAA had several booths at the event, including the biggest hit of the day: Weather Jeopardy. Prizes for answering Jeopardy trivia questions correctly included lights, pens, bags, and even NOAA Weather Radios. The big game of the day was when the Boy Scouts played the Girl Scouts–the girls won in a bonus overtime match.

After NOAA Administrator Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher helped to quiz the children on their knowledge of rip currents in Jeopardy, kids headed over to the San Antonio SeaWorld booth to meet some interesting creatures, including penguins, snakes, and a giant lizard.

WeatherFest is an interactive four-hour science and weather fair free to the public. The event features more than 65 exhibitors that promote the fascinating field of meteorology, oceanography, and related sciences. WeatherFest features weather demonstrations, hands-on weather and climate-related activities and games; opportunities to meet local television meteorologists, hurricane hunters, tornado chasers, and other science experts; a education and career section; and much more. For more information, go to AMS WeatherFest page.

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A broadcaster from San Antonio’s FoxNews channel shows a Girl Scout how to use a green screen for weather forcasting.

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Director of the National Weather Service, David L. Johnson, quizzes the audiences on their weather knowledge.

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Vice Admiral Lautenbacher came face-to-face with a Giant Tegu, a lizard native to Argentina, at the SeaWorld San Antonio booth.

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American Meterological Society Meeting 2007

January 14, 2007 – San Antonio, Texas

The American Meterological Society (AMS) conference began on time and with a bang despite the chilly and icy weather outside the San Antonio H.B.Gonzalez Convention Center. On Monday evening, NOAA Administrator Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Director of the National Weather Service David L. Johnson, Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Rick Spinrad, and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dr. David Sampson helped AMS President Franco Einaudi cut the ribbon to officially open the expo hall to the attendees.

As hundreds of students and professionals poured into the exhibit hall, NOAA’s booth was hard to miss. The colorful display celebrated the history and stewardship of NOAA with posters on the 200th Celebration, literature on current projects, artifacts from early coast surveying, and even a simulator that blew winds up to a Category 1 hurricane. Those who were brave enough to get in the hurricane simulator had their picture taken and printed out to take home.

The American Meteorological Society promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. The AMS Annual Meeting is the host to the largest exhibit program anywhere in the atmospheric, oceanic, and related sciences. Exhibitors come from the United States and abroad with over 100 organizations showcasing a wide range of products, publications, and services.

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Hundreds of AMS attendees flow into the opening of the exhibit hall.

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An AMS attendee happily accepts her prize of a weather radio after winning the raffle at the NOAA booth.

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A NOAA employee tries out the hurriance simulator before the expo opens. The simulator blew winds up to a Category 1 hurricane at guests brave enough to enter the booth.

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Let the Celebration Begin!

December 19, 2006 – Silver Spring, Maryland

The 200th rollout was a time for all the hard work of NOAA employees to shine. At the rollout, NOAA kicked off a year-long celebration of the anniversary of the 1807 founding of the Coast and Geodetic Survey, the establishment of which set in motion a 200-year legacy of science, service, and stewardship.

The 200th kickoff event was held in Silver Spring, Maryland. Everything came together to create a fantastic afternoon of honoring those who have given so much of their time to NOAA. This event was also the grand unveiling of the 200th Celebration Web Site, as well as the announcement of the winners of NOAA photo contest.

About 300 people were in attendance at the event, which included a speech from NOAA Administrator Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher.

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Vice Admiral Lautenbacher chimes in with the National Ocean Service Band during the celebration.

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Fred Gorell poses next to his photograph, which received an honorable mention award.

Vice Admiral Lautenbacher glances at the NOAA photocontest winners

Vice Admiral Lautenbacher glances at the winning images from the NOAA photo contest.

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