Weather Research Center, Inc.

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Technology, Education, Disaster Aid

Location: 5104 Caroline St. Houston TX 77004 USA

Mission: WRC advances the science of weather and the knowledge of the weather?s impact on the global community through research, prediction, and education in order to inspire America?s next generation of scientists and engineers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every year the Weather Research Center honors 2-3 individuals or groups as weather heroes. Two years ago, a Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew was recoginized for their efforts during Hurricane Ike. These crew members rescued scores of individuals trapped by rising tides prior to Hurrican Ike's landfall near Galveston.

Last year, a group of science teachers from the Kinkaid School in Houston was recoginized for their efforts in promoting educational programs for their students.

This years Weather Heroes include the American Meteorological Society (AMS) for ten years of WeatherFest activity. The AMS has sponsored local weather festivals at city's around the country, exposing tens of thousands of students and their parents to a wide variety of weather related programs. Locally, KHOU-TV, the local CBS affiliate is being honored for their Weather Day at the Houston Astro's baseball games. In addition, Kenneth Graham the Meteorologist In Charge (MIC) of the Slidell, LA National Weather Service office is being honored for his efforts during the BP oil spill incident.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work as a volunteer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure they had all of the funding needed for their wonderful educational programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at WRC for a great many years and at a variety of functions. I helped set up exhibits at the Museum when it first opened and have watched it grow from Day One! Watching kids go through the different exhibits and answering their questions is extremely rewarding. If the Museum can expand, more kids will have even greater opportunities to learn anout the history of weather and how if affects everything around them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how the public interacts with the various exhibits and displays. I find it very interesting that almost everybody has a story to relate about a weather event that they experienced. Senior citizens are the best and kids always have questions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure that they find a way to expand their operations to serve even more people.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

always something interesting happening.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do anything.

Ways to make it better...

I could give them everything they needed.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

monetary.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is the most dedicated staff, anywhere!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

The meteorologists at the Weather Research Center are best meteorologists in the industry! The WRC meteorologists are the most positive too as they educate Houston on our exciting Gulf Coast Weather on Positively Houston News! We feel very fortunate to be affiliated with this very knowledgeable and professional team.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I work with the WRC meteorologists on our new, positive local news program aired on HoustonPBS from the University of St. Thomas.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing. This is an excellent team and I hope to have the opportunity to work with this particular team for a very long time.

Rating: 5 stars  

I love the Weather Museum. The "best kept secret" in Houston, Texas is the Nation's first and only Weather Museum. Weather Research Center does great work in educating adults, teachers, children, and the entire community abou the weather's impact on all of us. You would enjoy coming to see our Weather Museum at 5104 Caroline in the Houston Museum District.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hurricane activity; seminar presentations; financial campaigns supporting its education and scientific activities and personal and financial support.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

I sm on the Board of Directors and attend the annual Golf Tournament and the Gala each year. WRC is a great non-profit group that helps educate the younger generation in science and technology. I wish we could get more participation from the offshore community as there are few groups in the offshore that help educate the younger generation in math and science.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yes i have attended at the Weather Museum and it is a great place.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add additional space to help educate more children and the Houston community in general.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the museum

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do anything

Ways to make it better...

i could spend more time there

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

monetary

One thing I'd also say is that...

i like wrc

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

What an opportunity to help the future growth of a Museum to be nestled in the Museum District and be an educational tool specifically for future scientists and meteorologists! It has been a great experience for me to see the support of the local meteorologists and corporate donors for this incredible Event. Many of the volunteers who helped last year are back again giving their time, money and effort to a very worthwhile cause.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My volunteer efforts and service on the Board of Directors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

As a young twenty-something Ensign in the U.S. Navy I had the priviledge of being the communications officer for the Fleet Weather Central/Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Guam. My division ensured critical meteorological and oceanographic information was delivered to the fleet commanders on a timely and accurate manner. This tour of duty opened my eyes on how atmospheric conditions has an impact on an ordinary day in ones life to the success of a military mission, a launch of a NASA rocket, the playing of a golf match to playing "in tune" for an orchestral concert. Weather is a part of life and the Weather Research Center provides the people, technology as well as the educational and historical information to help the community understand the how and why the weather acts the way it does. There are lots of "hands-on" activities to learn about the science of weather at the Weather Research Center. The professional staff is also willing to do corporate and educational outreach programs to accomodate the public it serves. For the above mentioned reasons, I highly recommend not only touring the Weather Research Center but also contributing to its physical growth in support of our community.

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As a Hurricane IKE survivor I have gained a greater appreciation of the destructive force of tropical cyclones. The Weather Research Center provides an accurate prediction and analysis of storms and keeps the public and private sectors well informed.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The professional passion and commitment to the mission of the Weather Research Center and its customers by the staff and volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

The Weather Research Center was a huge inspiration for our Son, age 10 to pursue a career as a meteorologist. He attended weather camp this past summer. He really enjoyed it and learned many things about hurricanes and tornados. He was sent home with papers, experiments the class did, and mementos to keep. This program is both fun and educational and set children in a positive road in life. Since the weather camp he joined the school announcement team and Science Olympia. For our family winter vacation we are schedule to visit New Orleans and take the “Katrina tour” and afterward visit Galveston to visit the 1900 storm museum. I’m proud of him!! Thank you WRC!! I would highly recommend the Weather Research Center...we will attend the summer of 2011 as well! And participate in any additional program WRC offers.

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This is an incredible organization and I’m proud to say it’s in Houston. Weather Research Center is an unknown gem it certainly inspired my Son in scientists and made him conscience of weather safety. Instead of watching your common 10 year old shows on television he watches the weather reports and news channels pertaining to weather. His role models are meteorologist.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

This museum truly inspires our youth to want to know more.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great Staff..The WRC gave their undivided attention to my son and patiently answering all questions.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expanded and market to all schools...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with The John C. Freeman Weather Museum for 10 years. I believe in their mission of helping children get excited about not only meteorology but also math and science. People from all over the country send their children to their weather camps. They also help train school teachers and young meteorologists. I am a huge fan of what they are doing, because I know it makes a huge positive impact on the community and even the world.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing firsthand the wonder and excitement in the eyes of the children they educate.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it money so they can add even more facilities to educate children.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing it grow and being able to help even more children get excited about science and math.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and amazingly intelligent.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build more facilities and reach out into the community and even nation...helping even more kids get excited about math and science.

Ways to make it better...

I knew more people were donating to support their great work.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting enough funding to satisfy all the education requests they receive.

One thing I'd also say is that...

our country needs more organizations like this one...their efforts are vital to the success of our future generations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

Our daughter, age 10, our future meteorlogist, attended weather camp this past summer. She really enjoyed it and learned many things about hurricanes and tornados. She was sent home with papers, experiments the class did, and mementos to keep. We live 4 1/2 hours from the Center...so it was a trek for us...we did stay with family in Houston. I would highly recommend the Weather Research Center...we will attend the summer of 2011 as well! I liked the fact there were young women that taught the class that my daughter could "look" up to. Also they have a cool keepsake where your child stands in front of a green screen and tapes their own weather report...way cool!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

That I have listened to my daughter be excited about the weather and what she learned!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nice!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand their learning center!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

The Weather Research Center provided me with valuable knowledge that will most certainly be beneficial as I attend college in pursuit of a Meteorology degree. I had the privilege to be exposed to forecasting techniques and perform some research while serving as an intern. I also was fortunate enough to expand my personal knowledge on different aspects of weather with great detail. One of the goals of this organization is to make the community weatherwise and educate as many people as possible about the weather. While serving as an intern, I saw the organization accomplish this goal in more ways than one. Weather Camp is a phenomenal opportunity for children to learn the basics of weather, and all the children I worked with thoroughly enjoyed the activities and visuals used to help convey the lesson. Museum tours are another great way to learn more how our atmosphere works. One of my favorite tasks was sharing my knowledge with the many visitors to the museum, people of all ages. I also experienced other educational outreach programs this organization provides, such as Weather Labs and other off-site activities. I have nothing bad to say about this organization and will definitely be returning as a volunteer in the future.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning different paths I can take with a Meteorology degree. I gained knowledge in basic weather, forecasting, and research. I was fortunate enough to share some of what I learned with others in the community as well.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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