Study Meteorology at the National Weather CenterRecognized 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!
Hours -Monday, Wednesday, & Friday - 1 pm-7 pm, guided tours are at 1 pm
Price -Free admission with reservation of a tour
- National Weather Festival
- Galileo's World
- Private Events
- Guided Tours