National Weather Service to hold open house Saturday

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PENDLETON -- The place where thunderstorms, ice, heat and hail are a daily topic will hold an open house Saturday.

The National Weather Service office in Pendleton will host free public tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to meet the staff and see the latest weather forecasting technologies. The office is at 2001 N.W. 56th Dr. at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport.

The office provides weather and flood forecasts and warnings to residents of northeast Oregon and southern Washington. These include digital text and graphic forecasts, hazardous weather warnings, aviation forecasts, fire weather forecasting, dispersion outlook, short term forecasts and public service announcements.

Weather records for downtown Pendleton date back to February 1866. Basic observations were made at various locations until April 1935 when a weather station was started at Pendleton airport. The current office, marked by the tower-mounted radar dome beside it, was opened in May 1995.

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