Historic Sault Ste. Marie Weather Office Open During Engineer’s Day

A historic building in Sault Ste. Marie was once home to a United States weather office, and on Friday, you can visit it during Engineer’s Day at the Soo Locks.

The weather office closed in 1939 and moved to the now Sanderson Field. Today, it houses a gift shop, a museum that has displays about the weather service, Great Lakes shipwrecks and more.

Forecasting weather has come a long way since the early 1990’s.

“On the roof of this building, they would let weather balloons go that checked the activity in the upper atmosphere by a telescope. The gentleman on the roof could see what was going on and write it down,” said Sean Ley of the Great Lakes Historical Society.

The museum is located on Portage Avenue just a few feet from the visitor’s center. It is open all summer long.