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Historical timeline of the North Platte weather station.

The National Weather Service will open its doors Saturday, May 17 at the North Platte Regional Airport.

The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with speakers Sen. Tom Hansen and Mayor Dwight Livingston. The open house will follow with guided tours every 30 minutes, as well as displays and other activities through 6 p.m.

Visitors can see how the station operates, how meterologists watch tornado activity on radar and how measurements are taken.

Among the displays and activities will be presentations by the Nebraska State Patrol; Nebraska National Forest & Grasslands, Bessey Ranger District; Red Cross; Trego Dugan Aviation; Nebraska Game & Parks; Lincoln County Amateur Radio group; Lincoln County Emergency Management; Eagle radio and the Civil Air Patrol.

The event is free but a food drive is set at the same time to help local food pantries. Visitors are urged to bring a non-perishable food item.

The station has been at its current location in North Platte since 1994.

The first weather station in North Platte was established in 1874 by Sgt. Ino Williams of the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

After moving to various places around North Platte, including downtown on West Fifth, the weather service station was established elsewhere at Lee Bird Field at the airport in 1940 and at its current location in 1994.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/15/2014
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