In January 14th!
In as Dr. Louis Uccellini, director of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental
Prediction, welcomed Al Roker and Williard Scott to the Hydrometeorological
Prediction Center in Camp Springs, Maryland. Filming for the Today
Show's 50th anniversary special on January 14 took place there last
month. The center provides advance forecast guidance, a 1- to 7- days
heads-up, to weather service field offices and private meteorologists
across the country. The center is also back-up to the National Hurricane
Center and responsible for issuing advisories once tropical systems move
inland and pose flooding hazards.
Frank Rosenstein, a center forecaster, works away as Al Roker interviews
Bob Ryan, NBC's Washington, DC broadcast meteorologist. The center's emergency
services have supported mid-West flood forecasts, storm summaries for
tropical cyclones, mitigation after Hurricane Mitch, and forecasts for
Mexican and Guatamalan fires. Staff forecasts provide real-time guidance.