National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

U.S. weather agency in College Park opens its doors to curious public

U.S. weather agency in College Park opens its doors to curious public

Judy Baylor peered intently over Bruce Sullivan’s shoulder Saturday as the veteran meteorologist showed her how he uses the tools of his trade to predict the course of hurricanes over the Atlantic and rain in the Pacific Northwest.

Baylor and her husband, Ernie, were among hundreds of visitors who turned out as the National Center for Environmental Prediction threw open its doors to the public for the first time since it moved ito its gleaming building in College Park for the first time since it moved there five years ago.

Surrounded by brightly colored displays on multiple computer screens at the center, Sullivan showed the course of Hurricane Jose as it traveled well out...