Staff News

Weather Trail gets a facelift

About a dozen staff gathered behind the Mesa Lab on September 16 to celebrate the refurbishment of the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail. The weather made its own appearance in the form of a beautiful fall day.

The trail, which opened in 1997, has been outfitted with new interpretative signs that feature revised text and more colorful graphics.

After remarks from Jack Fellows (UCAR Vice President for Finance and Administration) and a brief ribbon cutting ceremony, Bob Henson (Communications) led the group in a tour of the trail, followed by refreshments in the Damon Room.

The idea for the NCAR weather trail came from Bob, who saw a poster presentation about a weather trail in Switzerland while at a meteorology education conference in Scotland in 1996. EO’s Linda Carbone and colleagues had already been thinking about upgrading the existing nature trail behind the Mesa Lab. “I came back with the idea, and the trail was born,” Bob says.

Linda oversaw the design and coordination of the trail refurbishment project. The black-and-white sketches on the original trail signs were replaced with color photos by UCAR photographer Carlye Calvin and other contributors. A team from FMS led by Dave Maddy and Bruce Kowalski handled installation.

For more about the history of the trail, see “Walt Roberts Weather Trail is open for business” (Staff Notes, July 1997).