Located in Norman, Oklahoma, The National Weather Center (or NWC) serves as a key component of the scientific world. The NWC works with multiple state agencies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Their mission is to, “improve the understanding of events occurring in Earth’s atmosphere over a wide range of time and space scales.” The NWC provides an extensive library of scientific material to the surrounding community of meteorologists. They also answer query letters about the weather from citizens all over the United States.
On the fifth floor of the NWC, lies the nation’s largest meteorology and atmospheric science program, the University of Oklahoma’s School of Meteorology. The School of Meteorology (SoM) began humbly in 1960 and has grown to be the number-one severe-storm research hub in the country. The University of Oklahoma SoM is proudly announcing it’s 50th anniversary this year. The celebration will be hosted on campus, at the National Weather Center, in Norman.
The anniversary events begin on October 8th and last through the weekend, until October 10th. Lectures will be presented by alumni on topics including the history of the school, storm chasing and research, radar meteorology and forecasting. Among the many activities offered there will be tours of the National Weather Center, a “nostalgia session” and a barbecue dinner.
For more information about the University of Oklahoma and the School of Meteorology’s Anniversary Event, please visit their website.