‘Tis the season and in Oklahoma, that season is tornado and weather-watching season. Oklahoma is infamous for its weather and weather watchers.
If you’re a storm chaser, an aspiring meteorologist, or are looking for something a little off the beaten path, the National Weather Center in Norman is an amazing place to explore and discover.
Here are 5 great things to explore at the National Weather Center.
5 Great Things to Explore at the National Weather Center in Norman
The NWC Library is home to 4,000 meteorology textbooks and government documents, as well as 50 atmospheric science journals. The library is also home to the letters that people write from all over the United States to ask about the weather.
Take a Tour
Due to security and scheduling, walk-in tours are not permitted, so be sure to grab your spot in a tour group to enjoy a great experience throughout the museum. All tours are offered at no cost.
Not only does the National Weather Center partner with the University of Oklahoma, it also partners with the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, the National Severe Storms Laboratory, the National Weather Service Norman Forecast Office, the NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center, the NEXRAD Radar Operations Center, and the Warning Decision Training Branch.
Even if you can’t visit the National Weather Center in person, the news they share on their blog about weather patterns and predictions, atmospheric and space exploration, and more are simply fascinating! Be sure to check out their updates.
Cutting Edge Research
If you are a weather enthusiast then you’ll definitely want to see first hand some of the amazing work being done in the research facilities. From radar, hydrology, to lightning and more, you will love discovering what is being worked on every day.
Want to learn more about the National Weather Center?
Check out this great video!
And don’t forget…
Spring is tornado and storm season in Oklahoma. After visiting the National Weather Center, take a look to the skies where you can see intensely beautiful displays of weather and power as they flash across the Oklahoma sky. People flock from all over the country to get to experience this impressive feat of nature.
And while you’re in town, we’d love to have you visit us at Montford Inn and Cottages where actress Helen Hunt came to visit when she was filming Twister, the great storm-chasing classic.
Be sure to request our guide to the area for more great things to do in Norman!