WFO Lubbock Participates in Severe Weather Awareness Activities

1 March 2008
 
Several forecasters from the Lubbock NWS Office staffed a display at the Severe Weather Awareness Fair at the Lubbock South Plains Mall on Saturday, March 1st, 2008. Photo by Jody James.
 
  Several forecasters from the Lubbock NWS Office staffed a display at the Severe Weather Awareness Fair at the Lubbock South Plains Mall on Saturday, March 1st, 2008. Click on the image for a larger view. Photo by Jody James.  

On the last day of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas, the NWS Office in Lubbock participated in two outreach events that helped raise severe weather awareness in the local community. The first of these events was a Severe Weather Awareness Fair sponsored by the Lubbock Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). Representatives from local CERT teams, the Red Cross, and others participated with tables and displays in the Lubbock South Plains Mall. Approximately 100 people stopped by the NWS display during the event.

 
Adults and kids alike enjoy the festivities at the Severe Weather Awareness Day at the Science Spectrum in Lubbock on March 1st, 2008. Hands on weather activities were a major part of this event. Around 900 people came through the Science Spectrum on this day. Click on the image for a larger view.  Photo by Jody James.
 
  Adults and kids alike enjoy the festivities at the Severe Weather Awareness Day at the Science Spectrum in Lubbock on March 1st, 2008. Hands on weather activities were a major part of this event. Around 900 people came through the Science Spectrum on this day. Click on the image for a larger view. Photo by Jody James.  

Another outreach event on the same day was the Severe Weather Awareness Day sponsored by the Texas Tech Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. This event was held in the Science Spectrum atrium and lobby. The Lubbock NWS Office participated in this event with a table and display. Forecasters and Lubbock NWS employees chatted with many of the nearly 900 people who came through the Science Spectrum on this day. Activities included numerous weather displays and lots of fun hands-on activities for the kids. These included face painting, viewing a tornado machine, door prizes, and meeting local media celebrities. Media representatives from KCBD-TV were on hand to chat with participants, and answer weather questions. The Lubbock South Plains Storm Spotting Team also staffed a display. The event included several educational presentations. Approximately 100 people attended talks about fire weather and CoCoRahs, and nearly 60 attended a Skywarn Spotter Training session. NWS forecasters also gave three tours of the Lubbock Office during the morning and early afternoon with 46 people going through the facility.

 

Bruce Haynie, Nexrad ET, looks on during the Severe Weather Awareness Day at the Science Spectrum in Lubbock.  Many people stopped by the NWS display to talk with forecasters, pick up severe weather literature, and ask questions about weather. Click on the image for a larger view. Photo by Jody James.

 
  Bruce Haynie, Nexrad ET, looks on during the Severe Weather Awareness Day at the Science Spectrum in Lubbock. Many people stopped by the NWS display to talk with forecasters, pick up severe weather literature, and ask questions about weather. Click on the image for a larger view. Photo by Jody James.

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