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Pendleton National Weather Service Opens Its Doors

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PENDLETON, Ore., -- Community members gathered at the Pendleton National Weather Service office over the weekend to launch model rockets and weather balloons.  They also learned how meteorologists serve an area that stretches from the eastern slopes of the Cascade mountains to the John Day basin.

"It's just interesting to see how they gather all of the information from various sources that go into forecasting the weather, both from the computer models as well as all of the private individuals that supply information," says Larry Seid, a first-time visitor to the Pendleton forecast office.

Several weather spotters were recognized for their service, including those involved with the StormReady partnership between the Pendleton National Weather Service and Franklin County Emergency Management.

The program is designed to provide emergency weather information to community members and local schools

"It's great to be recognized," says Sean Davis, the director of Franklin County Emergency Management.  "But more importantly, the National Weather Service needs to be recognized as well for providing these services to our residents and responders."

There are over 120 NWS offices in the country, all with one goal in keep you safe.

"We want to make sure we get that word out as quickly as possible but accurately as possible too," says Senior Meteorologist Vincent Papol.  "The sooner we can get it out it means the public is able to react a lot quicker and provide them with a greater lead time."

Like the weather, they don't take a day off.  The meteorologists work around the clock year round to update weather information so they don't leave you up in the air.