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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.  Click the Request NWC Tour below to register for a tour.
  • 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.
  • The National Weather Center tour is a walking tour, as guests will visit various spaces and offices throughout the facility.  The National Weather Center is handicapped accessible; however, if a tour guest needs a mobility device for the tour (walker, wheelchair, powerchair, cane, etc.), tour guests will need to bring those devices with them for the tour.

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) (School Tours: Grades 3-12)

  • 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 on Mondays and Wednesdays or before the 1pm public tour on Fridays, 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.