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Hatteras Weather Station Programs Set

HATTERAS — Cape Hatteras National Seashore is set to hold special programs in the U.S. Weather Bureau Station, which was restored to its 1901 appearance in the early 2000s, after the building had undergone several interior modifications since its construction.

Opened on Jan. 1, 1902, the U.S. Weather Bureau Station in Hatteras is now a welcome center. (NPS Photo)

Scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 14 and Aug. 28, the special interpretive programs about the building on the National Register of Historic Places will explore the station at 571090 Kohler Road. Park rangers will share the role the station played in predicting storms and safeguarding Outer Banks residents in the early 1900s.

Participants will also have the chance to practice taking weather readings.

The station has operated as a welcome center by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau through a partnership agreement with Cape Hatteras National Seashore since its restoration was completed.

The station was built in 1901 for $5,194. The land was $110.35. It was commissioned and occupied Jan. 1, 1902. The Weather Bureau operated there from 1902 until 1946.

The Weather Bureau established several weather stations and observation posts in the state in the late 19th century, with the first coastal observation station in Wilmington in 1871 and the original station at Cape Hatteras followed in 1874 in lighthouse keepers’ quarters.

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