Elaine thought ahead and booked a tour of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) center in Boulder for us on this day. We all found this tour to be extremely interesting and would recommend it to anyone who is in the area. Tours must be booked ahead and are only available on Tuesday. Weather forecasting and weather warnings are done at the various NOAA centres around the country. This particular one is also home to a "space weather" office where solar flares are monitored. Check out the web link - there is lots of info there if you're interested.
This is a piece of art in the lobby of the NOAA building. It represents the earth and space systems studied at NOAA and features the names of many scientists over several hundred years who have contributed to the body of scientific knowledge of understanding atmospheric systems.
Boulder taken from the Chautauqua site, which is at a higher elevation.
Chautauqua is an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day. [from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chautauqua]
The Flatirons were named by pioneer women after the flat, metal irons used to press their clothes.