Tours

The National Weather Center Tour

National Weather Center   

On Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., a bus will be provided to visit the National Weather Center located on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. The Vice President for Research at the University of Oklahoma is sponsoring the FIE tour, so it will be complimentary to the first 50 people who register. If you've ever spent an evening waiting for a tornado warning to pass, you have seen the impact of the research at the National Weather Center. The National Weather Center is a national research facility dedicated to predicting weather, especially severe weather.  The hour and a half long tour will visit the observation deck, the NOAA Storm Prediction Center, the Norman National Weather Service Forecast Office, the National Severe Storms Laboratory, and the University of Oklahoma's nationally acclaimed School of Meteorology. This bus ride will take us directly through Moore, Oklahoma where a devastating EF5 tornado touched down in May of this year.

In addition to the National Weather Center, the bus will briefly visit the Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility on the University of Oklahoma campus.  This facility is essentially a traditional student union but designed strictly for engineers.  The EPF houses bays where the University's engineering competition teams build their vehicles (e.g. a formula one race car, a Baja racer, and a remotely controlled airplane), there is space for K-12 visitors, student organizations, information technology support, and a tool shop.  We will also visit with researchers from the Advanced Radar Research Center who collaboratively build weather radar with researchers from the National Weather Center.

The National Weather Center is a government research facility, and required visitors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to provide of their name in advance. Foreign visitors are required to provide passport information at least two weeks in advance.