On Thursday, August 23rd, the Men’s Club visited the National Weather Service in Oxnard. We meet our tour guide, John Dumas, upon arrival. John is an ex Navy Meteorologist and served 20 plus years for Uncle Sam. He has been with the National Weather Service for just over 5 years.
This location is 1 of 122 weather sites throughout the United States. This Station covers Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The Weather Service is tasked with collecting, analyzing, and reporting the weather. There are 26 scientists, meteorologists and administrative staff assigned to this station. There are never fewer than 4 scientists/meteorologist working in the Operations room, which houses several different computers, all handling various functions relating to weather gathering. The reporting is put out there for use by any number of radio and TV stations.
Each Station has a back up and each Station is a back up to another Station. The Station is San Francisco is the back for the Station in Hawaii and the Oxnard Station is the backup for the San Francisco Station. Since Hurricane Lane was days away from Hawaii, the Operations Center was very busy readying themselves to back up San Francisco.
The outside patio is a collection of early weather info collection equipment. It is laid out in a circle and was built and maintained by volunteers.
After the tour, we had a bite to eat at the Good Morning Café, a nice eatery in Downtown Oxnard.
The Men’s Club meets the first Monday of the month and generally has an outing each month which is coordinated by one of our members. If you have any interest, e-mail Burt Kaminsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or all the Center @ 818 360 2211 and speak to Abby or Jerry.