It was an exciting day in Maryland yesterday, Monday, October 15th. The University of Maryland in College Park opened the NOAA Weather and Climate Prediction Center.
The new building is 268,000 square feet and houses more than 800 employees of NOAA's Center for Weather and Climate Prediction. This state of the art building is energy-efficient, has a green roof, and rain water bio-retention areas. The building was constructed with recycled materials, local content, and highly efficient glass. The buildling is also certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Green Building Rating System.
NOAA scientists will provide the nation with many important services, such as predicting hurricane seasons, analyzing ocean currents (El Nino & La Nina), predicting large scale rain and snow storms, and much more.
NOAA hopes the expanding center will lead to more scientific collaboration between researchers, forecasters, the University of Maryland faculty and students, and scientists across the nation.
The goal of NOAA is to provide timely, accurate, weather forecast and guidence to the public in hopes of creating a Weather Ready Nation. It is an incredible building, close to home, where scientists will continue to forecast and research, so the public will have the most accurate information to help make the best weather decisions.