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National Weather Center

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Ethan K wrote a review Jun 2020
Illinois117 contributions53 helpful votes
The National Weather Center is pretty cool. I had a tour there and got to see the doppler on wheels, the SPC, and the observation deck on the top floor. They have a cafe inside though we didn't eat there. On a nice day there are a lot of solid outdoor photo ops. I might be a bit biased because I'm a prospective meteorology student at OU, but this place is really nice. Even if you are just a casual visitor and aren't really into meteorology, I would still recommend checking it out as the tour was completely free and wasn't overly technical or scientific.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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mr_rayfinkle wrote a review Mar 2020
Lubbock, Texas59 contributions11 helpful votes
This is a place that all people would like to visit to see how all of the meteorologists work across all sectors. It is informational for everyone and kids would love the place to see all the cool weather stuff.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Oklatraveler317 wrote a review Nov 2019
Norman, Oklahoma5 contributions
The National Weather Center is on Oklahoma highway 9 just east of I-35. It is a truly amazing facility and well worth seeing. Nearby parking is free and admission is free. The center is interesting for all ages. There a nice cafe if you would like to get a snack or lunch. This is the facility from which the national warnings for severe weather all over the nation are issued. For anyone interested in the science or day to day monitoring of weather nationwide this is an interesting stop.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Texoma Family wrote a review Sep 2019
Sherman, Texas334 contributions52 helpful votes
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This place has such a cool factor!! Booked a tour for me and my 3 kiddos (ages 8-13) two weeks in advance. I spent those two weeks more excited than a kid waiting for Santa!! You see, for more than a decade, I’ve relied on the Storm Prediction Center for storm damage updates. -I previously needed the info to gauge if we’d have to open shelters when I was a disaster services volunteer. I’m fascinated by weather and the people responsible for guessing at it, but I never knew that I could get a tour of this place AND see the real people behind the scenes who update everything. I totally enjoyed the whole tour, and especially the Storm Prediction Center. Oh my goodness it was fascinating. The kids enjoyed the tour, although it was a tad bit long for the two youngest towards the end. They did learn about some of the things that I read in their curriculum for this school year, but it wasn’t an in-depth weather lesson. The tour focused more on the behind the scenes operations instead of actual weather details for the most part. However they did get to see different types of radars, which they wouldn’t have been able to see and learn about in person otherwise, and that IS in the curriculum. Plus all the different types of weather maps. The kids enjoyed waiting for the tour to start the most because they got to entertain an audience with entering in addresses for the google earth huge monitor. Plus the vending machine, which substitutes as a gift shop, was actually pretty cool. It returns dollar coins, so we kept putting money in to get the coins in return...not weather related, but pretty cool for kids who collect coins! And it’s a form of mindless entertainment where you get 100% ROI. Can’t beat that type of fun at any other “gift shop”!! The food options were limited in the cafe, but the chicken sandwich I ate was surprisingly good. The globe wasn’t functioning because they were doing floors on the day we were there, so that was a let down. BUT the best part of the whole day was at the end of the tour when my 8 year old told the tour guide she wanted to “file a complaint” about the weather. I almost cried laughing so much...everyone in the U.S.A. wants to complain about the weather, so I found it hilarious that as soon as this 8 year old little girl figured out who was reasonable, she actually had the nerve to “file a complaint.” I mean seriously, there is no better place to complain about the weather than the National Weather Center!! She said to tell you “You’re welcome, America” I cannot wait to go back. It was simply amazing!! And FREE!! That’s pretty amazing too!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Ann K wrote a review Aug 2019
Arizona242 contributions53 helpful votes
Learned so much! The facility is phenomenal. Loved seeing the meteorologists working at their forecasting stations.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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