Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it, says the proverb. On June 22 and 26, people can at least learn about the weather. Weather Nights begin at 7 p.m. MDT at the High Plains Museum and are free to the public. Goodland’s National Weather Service Forecast Office personnel will explain the weather to those who attend.
The June 22 Weather Night features programming for the whole family. The program includes weather safety tips and weather experiments. Those who attend will learn about tornadoes, flash floods, hail, damaging winds, and preparing a disaster supply kit. The weather service will demonstrate lightning, thunderstorm development, and how precipitation forms.
The June 26 Weather Night focuses on exciting weather satellite technology the weather service uses. If weather interests you and you are curious about forecasting weather from space, you should attend. A brand new satellite, named GOES-16, was launched Nov. 19, 2016. This instrument, featuring more images in higher resolution, produces not only amazing views of storms but also offers earlier notice of storm and other weather processes. Technological advancements such as GOES-16 provide the potential for increasing warning lead times.
On each Weather Night, the Goodland weather office will give away two pocket weather radios.
Learn more about the event sponsors
The High Plains Museum, 1717 Cherry, features exhibits of local history. Its hours are Monday, and Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 PM MDT. For more information call 785-890-4595. Weather Nights are in conjunction with the museum’s current poster exhibit, “Earth from Space“. The exhibit comes from the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
The National Weather Service’s mission is to provide weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy. The agency’s vision is to prepare a “Weather-Ready Nation: Society is prepared for and responds to weather-dependent events.”