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Norman National Weather Center
National Weather Center
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120 David L Boren Blvd, Norman, Oklahoma, 73072 405-325-3095
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Study Meteorology at the National Weather Center

Recognized as one of the top meteorology programs in the United States, the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, the largest such program in the nation, is housed in the state-of-the-art National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma. This one-of-a-kind, 244,000 square-foot facility situated in University Research Campus-South at the University of Oklahoma houses 550 scientists, operational meteorologists, climatologists, engineers, technicians, and students all working together to improve the understanding of events occurring in Earth's atmosphere. Tours of the National Weather Center are available throughout the week, but reservations in advance are required. Guests can expect to visit the Observation Deck on the building's top floor, the School of Meteorology, the National Severe Storms Laboratory, the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Norman Forecast Office, and the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center. Other features of the National Weather Center include a variety of impressive digital displays, including a six-foot diameter global display system called Science On a Sphere, the Weather Wall, and a seven-screen immersive Liquid Galaxy display. For fans of the movie Twister, movie props are situated in the first-floor Atrium right next to the Flying Cow Café, which is open for breakfast and lunch. It's no wonder people have referred to Norman, Oklahoma as the Weather Capital of the World!
 

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Hours -

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday - 1 pm-7 pm, guided tours are at 1 pm
 

Price -

Free admission with reservation of a tour
 

Events

  • National Weather Festival
  • Galileo's World
  • Private Events
 
 

Activities

  • Education
  • Sightseeing
  • Guided Tours
 
 

FAQs

  • What exactly is Science on A sphere?

    A completely unique meteorological study system, Science on a Sphere is an integrated computer and video system that projects a large animated globe monitoring a vast collection of planetary observations, such as storms, ocean temperature, and climate change.
  • Can I take a tour of the National Weather Center? How long is it?

    Tours are highly encouraged, as without a tour, your visit will be limited to the 1st floor, with Science on a Sphere and Flying Cow Café. For a much more complete experience, visitors are recommended to schedule a tour 1-2 weeks in advance (walk-in tours are not permitted.) This will give you exclusive access to the Roof Top Observatory, NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, and the National Severe Storms Laboratory, among other places. Tours typically last 1.5 hours.
 

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