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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.

NWC Fountains
NWC Building Visit Without Scheduled Tour

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

If you visit without an arranged meeting or tour reservation, your experience will be limited to only the first floor area which features our Science on a Sphere and the Flying Cow Cafe.

Please bring a valid ID, such as a driver’s license, OU, NOAA, or Research Campus ID, to assist with your check 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.

National Weather Center Room Locations

1st Floor 

NWC Security, NWC Atrium and Science on a Sphere, Tour Check-in, Flying Cow Café, Vehicle/Equipment Bay, David L. Boren Auditorium, Seminar Room, Founder's Foyer, NWC Boardroom and outdoor patio

2nd Floor

National Weather Service Forecast Office, Storm Prediction Center, National Severe Storms Laboratory, CIMMS, OCS, CAPS Scientists and Administration

3rd Floor

NWC Director/AGS Dean, Research Computing Services, Research, Training, Don Nickels Conference Room, Bill Nations Distance Learning Lab

4th Floor

NWC Library, J.C. Watts, Jr. Radar Development Lab, Ernest J. Istook, Jr. WDTB Lab, Research, Training, Academics

5th Floor

OU School of Meteorology, Academics, Research, Oklahoma Weather Lab, Jim Giles Classroom Synoptic Classroom, Jonathan Nichols Computing Laboratory, Frank A. Keating Conference Room and Classroom

Observation Platform

Mark and Kandi McCasland Roof Top Observatory