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Visit the National Weather Center

The National Weather Center is comprised of multiple agencies from the federal, state and local levels, combined with academic entities as well as research and development partners.  These organizations work together in partnership to improve understanding of events occurring in the Earth's atmosphere over a wide range of time and space scales. The NWC houses approximately 550 people. This including research scientists, operational meteorologists and climatologists, engineers, technicians, support staff, and graduate and undergraduate students.

The National Weather Center front entrance and fountain. The National Weather Center Building historical marker is in the foreground.



NWC Bag Policy

Prohibited bags, backpack, clear backpack, purse, non-clear merchandise bag, tinted plastic tote, solid or clear drawstring bag, printed pattern plastic bag, diaper bag, camera bag, binocular case, fanny pack, mesh bag. Approved bags: 12" x 6" x 12" clear tote (anything larger is prohibited), 6.5" x 4.5" small clutch purse. National Weather Center Visitor Bag Policy.

Due to heightened security measures, the following baggage and parcel control policy is in effect for the National Weather Center (see the above graphic for prohibited and approved bags):

  • Visitors are allowed only a small clutch purse or small clear tote for tours of the National Weather Center. 
  • Prohibited bags include: backpacks, diaper bags, fanny packs, camera bags, purses, luggage, shopping bags, large cameras or other items that can offer concealment. Please leave these items in your vehicle prior to the tour.
  • Wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, canes, umbrellas, jackets, sweaters, small wallets, medication, small cameras and camcorders, cell phones, and small sealable beverage containers are permitted and subject to inspection.
  • This policy is subject to change without notice.



National Weather Center (NWC) Room Locations

1st Floor

  • NWC Security
  • NWC Atrium
  • Science on a Sphere
  • Tour Check-In
  • Oklahoma Weather Lab (OWL)
  • Flying Cow Café
  • Vehicle and Equipment Bay
  • David L. Boren Auditorium
  • NWC Seminar Room
  • Founder's Foyer
  • NWC Boardroom and Outdoor Patio

2nd Floor

  • National Weather Service Forecast Office (NWS)
  • Storm Prediction Center (SPC)
  • National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
  • Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)
  • Oklahoma Climatological Survey (OCS)
  • Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS) scientists and administration

3rd Floor

  • NWC Director/A&GS Dean's Office
  • A&GS IT Services
  • Don Nickels Conference Room
  • Bill Nations Distance Learning Lab

4th Floor

  • NWC Library
  • Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling (CASS)
  • J.C. Watts Jr. Radar Development Lab
  • Ernest J. Istook Jr. WDTB Lab

5th Floor

  • OU School of Meteorology
  • Jim Giles Synoptic Classroom
  • Jonathon Nichols Computing Laboratory
  • Frank A. Keating Conference Room and Classroom

Observation Deck

  • Mark and Kandi McCasland Roof Top Observatory



Visiting the National Weather Center without a Scheduled Tour

Tour additions within 24 hours of a scheduled tour are prohibited for security purposes.

If you visit the NWC without an arranged meeting or tour reservation, your experience will be limited to the first floor of the building, which features Science on a Sphere and the Flying Cow Café.

Please bring a valid ID, (such as a driver's license, OU, NOAA, or Research Campus ID) to assist with checking in at the security desk.

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.