NOAA's state-of-the-art weather center opens in Maryland

At the new NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, several departments are combined to get you a better forecast.

So when a hurricane hits or a derecho storm strikes, power goes out, and every second counts, this center will get you crucial weather information faster.

In addition to getting critical information to the public fast, College Park is benefiting, too. About 800 people work at the center.

And the center is not just cutting edge scientifically, but also environmentally.

It has innovative ways of letting in natural light and cutting down on energy waste. Sunshades are incorporated into windows.

Most of the roof is covered with plants for better insulation. And rain water is recycled for irrigation.

Video: NewsChannel 8 Meteorologist Devin Lucie takes us on a tour of the new facility.