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Put on your galoshes and join us for a trip to the National Weather Service! This 20-minute KET video for grades 5-12 takes students inside the Louisville office of the weather service, one of three regional offices serving Kentucky, for a behind-the-scenes look at the science of forecasting the weather.

The National Weather Service is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The agency’s main mission is protecting lives, commerce, and property. Like other Weather Service stations across the country, the Louisville office operates around the clock, with at least three people always on duty.

During our tour, we learn about

The field trip supports Kentucky Academic Expectations in science, math, technology use, and practical living (see Academic Connections for a specific list) by demonstrating real-world applications of scientific knowledge and technology.

Radar photo: NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

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