Servicing the SoCal area between Santa Barbara and San Diego counties, the NWS LA/Oxnard facility not only forecasts our local weather but also helps keep us safe by issuing warnings about storms, rip currents, fire hazards, and flash flooding.
The Oxnard Office is responsible for providing weather information for Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties, as well as adjacent coastal waters out 60 nautical miles.
Our tour guide/meteorologist has been fascinated with the weather since he was a kid, so this is pretty much a dream job for him. Our morning introduction included watching extreme weather related videos, which are collected from numerous sources and traded as if they were porn between the various field offices throughout the country.
The Coastal Waters Forecast (CWF) is the marine forecast for areas, including bays, harbors, and sounds, from a line approximating the mean high water mark (average height of high water over a 19-year period) along the mainland or near shore islands extending out to as much as 100 nautical meters.
In the 1940s and early 1950s, Charles Zweng managed the Pan Am Airlines navigation service and wrote numerous Aeronautical guides published between 1940-1960.
NWS Master Control. Not as exciting as I expected but still pretty cool.
Waverider [Baba] buoy which is located in the back of the property in The NOAA Global Monitoring Exhibit.
A ceilometer uses a laser or other light source to determine the height of a cloud base. They can also be used to measure the aerosol concentration within the atmosphere. Visiting your local NWS Forecasting Office is something that is not only allowed, but encouraged. To arrange a visit, please contact the warning coordination meteorologist (WCM) or meteorologist in charge (MIC) of the office you wish to visit.