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25th Anniversary Open House

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Ever wondered what your local National Weather Service office does? Interested in meeting your local NWS meteorologists? Then come help us celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our move to the Shelby County Airport!

We will open our office for public tours on Saturday, October 27th, 2018, from 10 am until 3 pm. Come take a look inside our operations area, meet the staff, and enjoy a variety of displays from local first responders and core government and private partners. We will have several activities for the kids, including trick-or-treating and a chance to help launch a weather balloon! The event is FREE!!

Thanks to our friends at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB), interpreters will be available for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Please stop by the AIDB booth or welcome tent to request service.


Event Information

What:   25th Anniversary Open House

Where: National Weather Service
             465 Weathervane Rd Calera, AL
             (Located at the Shelby County Airport)

When:  Saturday, October 27, 2018
             Public Tours 10 AM - 3 PM

Admission is FREE!!


*No Smoking

**In the event of severe weather, the open house may need to be cancelled.

***No pets allowed. Service dogs permitted.

****No drugs, weapons, or alcohol of any kind allowed.




Things to Do

We've got activities for the whole family to enjoy at the Open House. Come prepared to learn about weather safety and preparedness in fun and exciting ways. The little ones are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes ready for some trick-or-treating!

Fun for the Whole Family:

  • Tour local National Weather Service (NWS) office
  • Meet the local NWS meteorologists
  • Learn how the weather radar works by viewing a working model NEXRAD
  • Watch a weather balloon release at 12pm
  • Tour various emergency vehicles from local fire departments, EMS, and law enforcement
  • Visit with local TV meteorologists and tour their storm chase vehicles (Birmingham, Montgomery & Tuscaloosa stations)
  • Walk through exhibits from various local agencies & organizations
  • Meet Owlie Skywarn & Sparky the Fire Dog
  • Learn about weather safety & preparedness
  • Grab some lunch from several local food trucks!

Special Activities for the Kids:

  • Trick-or-treating
  • Face painting
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Pictures with Owlie Skywarn (owl mascot)
  • Kids' booth with coloring sheets & cool weather experiments
  • Win chance to launch a weather balloon with Owlie! (Launch is scheduled for 12PM)
Experiments Pics with Owlie Pics with Owlie
NWS Birmingham Model NEXRAD First Responders Weather Balloon



Calera FD Calera PD Alabaster FD Pelham FD Hoover FD Shelby County Sheriff
Regional Paramedical Services Jefferson County EMA Alabama EMA ALERT Civil Air Patrol ABC 33/40
Midland Radio





More to Come!




If using a GPS device for directions to our office, please use Shelby County Airport as the destination. In most cases, GPS does not place our address in the correct location.

Directions From I-65 North:

  1. Take exit 234 (County Road 87).
  2. Turn right onto Co Rd 87.
  3. At the stop sign, continue straight onto Weathervane Rd.

Directions From I-65 South:

  1. Take exit 234 (County Road 87).
  2. Turn left onto Co Rd 87.
  3. At the stop sign, turn right onto Weathervane Rd.


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