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Friday, March 28, 2014 at Noon to 2PM

Meeting Description
Date: Friday, March 28, 2014

Time: Registration: 12 noon to 12:30pm

Tour: 12:30pm to 2pm

Speaker: Daniel Noah, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

Location: NOAA National Weather Service – Tampa Bay Area

2525 14th Ave SE, Ruskin, FL 33570

Cost: $10 (cost for lunch) {non members, $20}.

Make checks payable to IEEE FWCS and mail a check in advance to

IEEE PE/IA Chapter Treasurer: PES/IAS Chapter

2593 Forest Run Court

Clearwater, FL 33761-3716

Limitation: Limited to the first 20 that sign up online.

Questions: Tom Blair at 813-630-7008 or tom_blair@ieee.org
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Additional Information
PES West Coast Chapter invites you to the opportunity to attend a lunch meeting and tour of the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Ruskin on Friday, March 28, 2014. The NWS office in Ruskin consists of the main operations building, a WSR-88D radar, an upper air inflation shelter, and a small maintenance building. NWS offices are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The Tampa Bay Area office covers 15 counties across West Central and Southwest Florida, from Levy County to Lee County and east to Polk and Highlands Counties. The Tampa office also forecasts for the coastal waters adjacent to the coast up to 60 nautical miles from shore.

The local office of the Weather Bureau was established in Tampa in March 1890 to the Gould Building on the corner of Franklin and Madison Streets. The office moved to the Knight Building in 1892 then again in 1904 when it was moved to the new Post Office Building. The airport station was established in 1938 and in 1941 the downtown office in the Federal Building was consolidated with the airport station at Peter O. Knight field on Davis Island. The office left for Drew Field (Tampa International Airport) on June 6, 1946. In 1975, the station moved to Ruskin, southeast of Tampa, on the east side of Tampa Bay.

Ruskin is home to one of the 159 WSR-88D Doppler radars that the National Weather Service maintains around the country. Doppler radar has been one of the most important technological advances in hazardous weather prediction over the past quarter century. Forecasters using the WSR-88D can issue more timely and accurate hazardous weather information than was ever possible before. The radar dome (which is often said to resemble a soccer ball or golf ball) protects a 28 foot wide antenna. The antenna is made up of a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter samples the environment by sending out a pulse of energy, which reflects off objects (like raindrops) and scatters the energy pulse in all directions. Part of the energy will be reflected back to the antenna and is measured by the receiver.

For a sample of what will be discussed that the lunch and tour event, you can take a “virtual tour” of the facility by visiting their website at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tbw/?n=tampabayofficetour. Seating is limited to make your reservation early at; http://time2meet.com/fwcs-meetings/

Meeting Location
National Weather Service Offic
2525 14th Ave SE,

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Driving Directions
Heading south of I 75, take exit 240B merge onto College Ave E / SR-674 W toward Ruskin. Drive for 1.0 miles.
Turn left onto 27th St SE. Drive for 0.5 miles.
Turn right onto 14th Ave SE. Drive 0.1 miles
Weather Service office is at;
2525 14th Ave SE, Ruskin, FL 33570

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