Credit: PR WEB

Credit: PR WEB

Join us for a free tour of the NOAAs National Climatic Data Center in downtown Asheville!

Asheville became home to the worlds largest active archive of weather data in 1951. The NCDC strives to organize and disseminate US climate weather records and water temperature changes gathered by ocean buoys. It is not a forecasting agency but rather an agency that collects and provides years of data to the public. The NCDC is the only organization that can provide official climatic data records for use in a court of law.

The NCDC maintains the worlds largest climate data archive and provides climatological services and data to every sector of the United States economy and to users worldwide. Records in the archive range from paleoclimatology data to centuries-old journals to data less than an hour old. The Centers mission is to preserve these data and make them available to the public, business, industry, government, and researchers.

During this tour we will visit the Paper Archives and the Educational Research Consortium (ERC). The ERC reveals the new and improved way of data capture. This new method functions via computers and satellites and  consists of satellite data that is captured and sent to the NCDC.

The tour will last about 1 hour and will begin at 10:30 AM. It is designed to show the progression from paper records to computer facilitated data capture. The National Climatic Data Center is located in downtown Asheville at 151 Patton Ave. Parking is available on the street as well as in the Wall St. Parking Garage (free for the first hour).

To learn more about the NCDC please visit their website.

If you would like to participate in this tour please email Education and Outings Coordinator, Isabelle Rios, at isabelle@wnca.org or call her at 828.258.8737 ext. 201.