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August 7, 2011


Radar tower at the National Weather Service station in Upton, New York, home of Brookhaven National Lab.


No reservations needed.
Gates open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
All activities are offered on a first-come, first-served basis
Visitors age 16 and over must bring a photo ID.

Handicapped accessible
1-1/2 miles north of LIE Exit 68
Maps & Directions to Brookhaven Lab

Call (631) 344-2651

See how scientists at the National Weather Service forecast our weather and track storms across the New York metropolitan area. See a weather balloon up close and watch it soar at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy the “Science of Weather” show.


Hurricane Preparedness Learn what a hurricane is, the hazards they produce, how the National Hurricane Center forecasts their track, how you can monitor your latest National Weather Service forecasts and how you can "safely" prepare for an approaching hurricane.
Berkner Hall Room "B"
11:00am * 12:30pm * 2:00pm

“Long Island Solar Farm & BNL's Solar Energy Research Plans”
Presented by Bob Lofaro, Group Leader, Renewable Energy Group, Sustainable Technologies Department
Science Education Center Auditorium
11 a.m.

“ATLAS, the Giant Detector at the Large Hadron Collider, is Taking Data.”
Presented by Howard Gordon, Atlas, Deputy Chair
Science Education Center Auditorium
11:45am * 12:30pm * 1:15pm

The National Weather Service

Visit the forecast office where weather is predicted for New York City, Long Island, the lower Hudson Valley, northeast New Jersey and southern Connecticut. See Doppler weather radar, which is used to issue tornado, severe thunderstorm, and flash flood warnings. You can also see weather instruments used to observe weather changes and a satellite broadcast network dish.

Meet National Weather Service meteorologists; emergency preparedness staff from the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross. Meet members of the American Meteorological Society and volunteers of our National Weather Service Skywarn amateur radio team along with others. Bus tickets available at the Berkner Hall Reception Desk; buses leave Berkner Hall for the Weather Center every 20 minutes; last facility visit begins at 2:45pm.

Witness the 3:30pm launching of a radiosonde weather instrument via a weather balloon! Buses to launch site, located adjacent to the Weather Service offices, leave from Berkner Hall beginning at 2:45pm.

Berkner Hall Auditorium
12noon, 1:30 and 3:00pm
Be sure to arrive early as the auditorium fills quickly!

Velocity up; pressure down! Experience the Bernoulli Principle in action, or, make your hair stand on end with our Van de Graaff generator in our hands-on science room in the Research Support Building #400 every half hour.

A carbon neutral laboratory on wheels!
All day in the Science Education Center Parking Lot