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Christian and his family pose for the camera. Also pictured are Jody James, WCM (on left), Felecia Bowser, (Met Intern), Justin Weaver, MIC (far right), and Ron McQueen, Senior Forecaster (next to Justin).
Christian and his family pose for the camera. Also pictured are Jody James, WCM (on left), Felecia Bowser, (Met Intern), Justin Weaver, MIC (far right), and Ron McQueen, Senior Forecaster (next to Justin).


On Wednesday, May 14, Christian and his family visited west Texas and the National Weather Service Office in Lubbock as part of the Make-A-Wish Program. The Make-A-Wish Foundation exists to grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Christian’s wish was to “be a tornado”! As part of that request, he and his family came to Lubbock from southern California to get up close and personal with severe weather. They spent several days in west Texas, and were able to go storm chasing a couple of times with crews from one of the Lubbock television stations. One chase took them several hundred miles nearly to Dallas, and although they didn’t see a tornado, they were able to see and hear numerous severe storms that were rumbling across west and north Texas producing hail and high winds.

Steve Cobb, Science and Operations Officer at NWS Lubbock, shows Christian the parachute attached to the upper air radiosonde.
Steve Cobb, Science and Operations Officer at NWS Lubbock, shows Christian the parachute attached to the upper air radiosonde.

As part of his visit to the NWS Office in Lubbock, Christian got to see the NWS video entitled “Surviving the Storm”. He and his family toured the NWS Office and received some hands on training with the AWIPS weather workstations. They also saw a real weather balloon. One of the highlights of his visit was listening in on an actual severe weather conference call with the Storm Prediction Center.

Christian is presented with a gift bag by Jody James, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the National Weather Service Office in Lubbock.
Christian is presented with a gift bag by Jody James, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the National Weather Service Office in Lubbock.

After the tour, Christian was presented with a gift bag that contained several toys, weather stickers and brochures, and a mini weather station. A representative from Make-A-Wish said

“I was able to spend some time with them…and they just kept talking about all the fun things they experienced while they were there (at your office). You all added so much magic to this family’s lives and we are so appreciative.”

Christian and his family get a tour of the Lubbock NWS Office. Left to right  his father Felipe, Christian, his mother Elizabeth, his brother Jobe, and Lubbock WCM Jody James.
Christian and his family get a tour of the Lubbock NWS Office. Left to right – his father Felipe, Christian, his mother Elizabeth, his brother Jobe, and Lubbock WCM Jody James.


The NWS Lubbock family was blessed to have Christian and his family visit, and we were honored to play a small role in helping to bring about Christian’s “wish”.


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