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Ever wonder what you can do as a meteorologist?  Check out what it is like to work with the weather!



A Day in the Life / Q&As

Ever wonder how drones and weather go hand-in-hand?  Learn more about the OU Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling (CASS) and how they use drones to conduct weather research!

You may catch her in the mornings on KFOR News Channel 4, or in the evenings tracking severe weather across Oklahoma with the 4Warn Storm Team.  Join us for a Q&A session with Meteorologist Emily Sutton as we discuss women in STEM and storm stories!

Learn more about the mission of OU’s Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), and how they operate to encourage research and collaboration between NOAA and OU scientific groups.

Ever wonder how a forecaster handles stress?  How does a radar scan the sky?  Learn the answers to weather questions, from radar to research instrumentation to forecaster training.

The NOAA NSSL Get to Know the Scientists Panel can be viewed below.  Each presenter shares their personal story about how they became a scientist and answers questions about their education, career path, or what they do at NSSL.

The field of meteorology is rapidly advancing and our ability to produce accurate and timely weather forecasts continues to improve.  In this talk, Dr. Phillip Chilson with OU CASS describes how emerging drone technology can bring us closer to our goal of precision meteorology.

You may have seen Jeff George working as Chief Meteorologist for KOKH FOX 25 in Oklahoma City, but today we interview Jeff and cover the topics of severe weather in Oklahoma and what it takes to become a broadcast meteorologist.

Panels & Training

Join us for the Severe and Hazardous Weather Panel where forecasters at the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Norman, OK have teamed up with forecasters from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) to answer your questions about severe and hazardous weather!  Questions were gathered from the public for a 2-week period in late September until early October.  Thank you to all who participated!

Air pollution is never fun!  Check out the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality’s visual representation of air pollution, and how weather can affect pollution.



Click below to view the basic spotter training session, hosted by the National Weather Service Norman Office.

Click below to view the Advanced Storm Spotter Training course, presented by the National Weather Service Norman Office.

Was climate change responsible for the coronavirus?  How can scientists predict the climate in 50 years?  A snowstorm dropped a record amount of snow, global warming must be fake, right?  Join the South Central CASC and partners during the National Weather Festival event as we answer some of these questions and demonstrate why burning fossil fuels is bad news for the atmosphere, species, and humans!

Come join the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality explain how ozone can affect you and your health, and how air quality monitoring works in Oklahoma!

Last year we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Oklahoma Mesonet.  Please enjoy the documentary created for the anniversary celebration, Dust to FloodsDust to Floods: 25 Years of the Oklahoma Mesonet is a look back at the first 25 years of one of the first mesoscale weather monitoring networks in the United States.

Join us for our first-ever Women in Science panel!  We feature prominent women in the field of meteorology, and the challenges they have overcome in the world of STEM.

We couldn’t have NWF without our classic balloon launches!  Forecaster Jennifer Thompson with the Norman NWS WFO guides us through the steps of their daily weather balloon launches.

Join the Norman, OK National Weather Service office as they take a look at the equipment their office is in charge of, including the ASOS station for Oklahoma City, OK and the KTLX radar.


The National Weather Center (NWC) proudly presents our first-ever virtual tour! Lead by NWC Outreach Coordinator, this video covers each stop regularly made on one of our NWC Tours here on the beautiful University of Oklahoma South Research Campus.

Join the Oklahoma Mesonet as they take you on an in-depth tour of their Calibration Lab, where their weather instrumentation is tested and calibrated for use in the field!

Join the Oklahoma Mesonet as they let us spend a day with their tower technicians during a drive out to a Mesonet site repair!

Observations on the Go: Up Close with NOAA NSSL Research Tools - Take an up-close look at the mobile instruments our researchers take on the road to measure the atmosphere.  Learn about their innovative designs and how they use these tools to safely gather data in storms.

Join scientists from the Radar Innovations Lab as they take you on a behind-the-scenes look at radar research!  Followed by a Live Q&A on Facebook after the Tour (10/31/2020 2:20 PM Central):  Learn about next-generation radar technology, mobile radars, and severe weather!