Houston CWSU Forecaster Andy McNeel and WFO Forecaster Chris McKinney at Wings Over Houston Air Show NWS information booth (Photo: Houston CWSU)
(Nov. 9, 2012) - The end of October brought the Houston area its first major cold front of the season, as well as the 28th Annual Wings Over Houston Air Show -- one of the largest in the nation. Staffers from the Houston Center Weather Service Unit teamed up with the Houston/Galveston forecast office to support the three-day event, held at Houston's Ellington Field, Oct. 26-28.
The NWS meteorologists provided daily weather briefings to the FAA's on-site safety team. In the midst of changing weather conditions, they also decision support upon request.
"The National Weather Service decision support service was specifically designed to improve aviation safety by closely monitoring and forecasting adverse weather," said Roland Nuñez, meteorologist-in-charge of the service unit.
The NWS team also took the opportunity to set up an information station to engage the general public. They provided weather safety and preparedness information to spectators, as well as aviation services materials to pilots and other aviation customers.
Wings Over Houston is dedicated to showcasing vintage World War II aircraft, along with the thrills of modern aviation. One of the top air shows in the United States in its category, the air show attracted an estimated 95,000 aviation enthusiasts from around the world.
Participating NWS staff included Nuñez and Forecaster Andy McNeel from the CWSU, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Dan Reilly, Forecaster Chris McKinney, Port Meteorological Officer Chris Fakes and Meteorologist Interns Phil Kuhn and Brian Haines from WFO Houston/Galveston.