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A Look Inside at Burlington

By NWS Heritage Projects Team (nws.heritageprojects.team@noaa.gov)

The following was published in the May 1956 edition of Weather Bureau Topics.

The 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Weather Bureau Office at Burlington, Vt., was celebrated on March 29, 1956 by inviting the public to attend "open house" at the station. The day was proclaimed "Weather Bureau Day" by Mayor J. Edward Moran of Burlington.

Burlington Weather Bureau office, early 1900's
The Burlington Weather Bureau office in
the early 1900's. The building still stands
on the campus of the University of
Vermont, known as the Adams Building. 
Congratulatory ads from Burlington Free Press
Several ads in the March
29 edition of the 
Burlington Free Press
mentioned the Weather
Bureau's importance to
local businesses

Despite bad weather a large crowd turned out to inspect the station's facilities, services, and equipment. A carefully selected route through the offices, large visual aids, and the use of tape recorders facilitated the handling of the visitors with no serious interference to the normal station routine.

Messages of congratulations were placed in the local newspapers by firms commending the station on the good service which it has rendered to the community during the past 50 years. Congratulatory messages were also received from Governor Johnson of Vermont and U.S. Senator George B. Aiken. Two television programs on WCAX-TV and several radio programs featured the occasion. 

Robert E. Helbush, Meteorologist in Charge, commented that: "All of us here at the Weather Bureau thoroughly enjoyed the festivities and some of the local staff have even jokingly suggested that we begin plans for our 100 year celebration. Among other things, it gave us a chance to personally greet and briefly converse with some of the numerous friends and well-wishers of the Bureau with whom we have had

Two meteorologists in charge
Robert Helbush (left), Meteorologist in Charge
(MIC), discusses changes in weather observing
and forecasting with Frank Hartwell, who served
as the MIC from 1919 to 1930. 

only telephone contact all these years. We believe that those who visited us not only found an interesting program, but that our guests went away with an appreciation of some of the problems we face and of the complexities of weather forecasting and observing.




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