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The National Weather Service
Going out to the Sand Point campus of the Seattle Office of the National Weather Service is both a pleasure and a privilege. I enjoy being a member of the weather community here in Seattle and checking in with the meteorologists at the NWS, especially when we are dealing with severe weather. In these photos, I had a rare opportunity to see Brad Colman work the forecaster desk. He is the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Seattle office and doesnt work the floor very often. We were joking that these photos prove that Brad still knows how to forecast, even though hes the big boss now! The campus of the NWS is located on beautiful property the shores of Lake Washington. There are picturesque paths to walk and art to admire, including the unique Sound Garden where the sculptures sing with the wind. Yes, the band was named after this sculpture park. The Sound Garden and grounds of the NWS used to be open from Magnuson Park, but since the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, it has been closed to the general public. You can still visit, however -- you just have to get permission via the main gate off of Sand Point Road.