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General Tour Information

  • All tours require a reservation due to scheduling and security guidelines (walk-in tours are not permitted).  Tours fill up quickly, so please allow 1-2 weeks advanced notice for reservations.
  • NWC Security Guidelines require that foreign nationals (non-US citizens) obtain security clearance.  Foreign national visitors are required to complete and submit the NWC Foreign National Visitor Form at least two weeks in advance of a tour date.  In order to receive the required form, you must first register for a tour.  Contact the NWC Tour Coordinator at visit@nwcnorman.org for additional information.
  • Federal offices are part of the National Weather Center.  All persons entering those spaces are subject to federal policies, guidelines, and regulations.  All persons and packages are subject to inspection.
  • Tours are not available on federal holidays, school holidays, and on occasion due to scheduled events.
  • There is no charge for tours of the National Weather Center.

Public Tour Information

(Parties of 10 and less)
  • Public tours are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday at 1pm
  • Tour duration: 1-1.5 hours
  • Public tours include visits to the McCasland Family Observation Deck, School of Meteorology, the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center, the NWS Norman Weather Forecast Office, and the National Severe Storm Laboratory.

Group and School Tour Information

(Parties of 10 or more, max. 35)

  • Group Tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am and 1pm
  • Please indicate group size in tour reservation (tour groups of 50 and larger require additional tour guides).
  • You may request a group tour (if your group tour party meets the requirements listed above) and submit the tour guest list (first name, last name, and citizenship) at a date closer to the actual tour.
  • Tour duration: 1.5 hours
  • Group tours include visits to the McCasland Family Observation Deck, School of Meteorology, the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center, the NWS Norman Weather Forecast Office, and the National Severe Storm Laboratory.

Prospective Student Tour Information

(Prospective high school students, transfer students)

  • Register for an open, available public tour (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1pm). Indicate on your tour reservation that you are a prospective student.
  • If you are interested in meeting with an OU School of Meteorology representative to discuss the program in more detail following the 1pm public tour, schedule your visit using this link.
  • Tour duration: 1.5 hours
  • Prospective student tours, as part of public tours, include visits to the McCasland Family Observation Deck, School of Meteorology, the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center, the NWS Norman Weather Forecast Office, and the National Severe Storm Laboratory.