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April 27, 2017

The Metro Skywarn Spotter Appreciation Picnic will be on Saturday, May 20th from 1pm to 3pm at the NWS office in Chanhassen. Rain day: Sunday, May 21st.

Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Please consider a side dish to bring. Register for door prizes when you arrive. You must be present at the 2:30 drawing to win.

Free and family-friendly with games for the kids.


Saturday, May 20th, 1pm to 3pm

Door prizes drawn at 2:30; must be present to win

Rain day: Sunday, May 21st

National Weather Service
1733 Lake Dr W
Chanhassen, MN 55317

Door prizes include:

One Limited Edition (500 made) Frankie MacDonald bobble heads, benefiting Autism Canada (sample picture, not the actual bobblehead)

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One set for four weather dice


Weather Poet Magnetic Poetry Kit®


HoldPeak® Digital Anemometer


One general admission to the next Minnesota Severe Storms Conference

MN Severe Storms Conference Logo

To celebrate the launch of Metro Skywarn's new logo, we have some great door prizes that will feature our new, mystery logo. Want to be one of the first to see the new logo? You'll have to come to the picnic! (The graphic below is a placeholder to demonstrate the avavilable prizes.)

Five winners will each receive one pen

Mystery Pen

One notebook (80 pages)

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One coffee mug

Mystery Coffee Mug

One person will win two car magnets (one for each side of the vehicle; 8.7" x 11.5")

Mystery Car Magnet

One shopping tote bag (inspired by Minneapolis's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, effective July 2017)

Mystery Tote Bag

One adjustable strap hat

Mystery Hat

One computer messenger bag

Mystery Messenger Bag

More prizes may be added, so check back for updates!

We'll see you there!


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