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National Weather Center

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Status  Complete
Groundbreaking  November 2002
Floor area  2 ha
Cost  69 million USD
Floor count  5
Country  United States
Opened  Summer 2006
Town or city  Norman
Construction started  August 2003
Lifts/elevators  3
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Address  120 David L. Boren Boulevard
Current tenants  NOAA University of Oklahoma State of Oklahoma and others
Similar  Barry Switzer Center, Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art, Lake Thunderbird State Park, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum, Gaylord Family Oklahom

The National Weather Center (NWC), located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, is a confederation of federal, state, and academic organizations that work together in partnership to improve understanding of events occurring in Earth's atmosphere over a wide range of time and space scales. The NWC partners give equal attention to applying that understanding to the development of improved observation, analysis, assimilation, display, and prediction systems. The National Weather Center also has expertise in local and regional climate, numerical modeling, hydrology, and weather radar. Members of the NWC work with a wide range of federal, state, and local government agencies to help reduce loss of life and property to hazardous weather, ensure wise use of water resources, and enhance agricultural production. They also work with private sector partners to develop new applications of weather and regional climate information that provide competitive advantage in the marketplace.


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National Weather Center Partners

The National Weather Center building houses many organizations from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Oklahoma, as well as several other organizations outside either NOAA or OU.

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)
  • National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
  • National Weather Service (NWS)
  • Norman Weather Forecast Office (NWSFO OUN)
  • Storm Prediction Center (SPC)
  • Radar Operations Center (ROC)
  • Warning Decision Training Division (WDTD)
  • National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)
  • Storm Prediction Center (SPC)
  • University of Oklahoma (OU)
  • College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences (A&GS)
  • School of Meteorology (SoM)
  • Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC)
  • Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS)
  • Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)
  • Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability (GEOG)
  • Environmental Verification and Analysis Center/Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative (EVAC/OWPI)
  • College of Engineering (CoE)
  • School of Computer Science (CS)
  • School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • Information Technology
  • Integrated Robust Assured Data Services (IRADS)
  • State of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Climatological Survey (OCS)
  • Oklahoma Mesonet
  • Oklahoma Water Survey (OKWS)
  • Other (public and private)
  • Office of Weather Programs and Projects (OWPP)
  • Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC)
  • Sasaki Applied Meteorology Research Institute
  • South Central Climate Science Center (SCCSC)
  • United States Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (South Central Region)
  • 2015 security incident

    On the afternoon of April 23, 2015, a car rammed through the gates protecting the loading dock on the east side of the building and drove toward the building, then burst into flames approximately halfway between the gates and the building. Firefighters and a bomb squad were called to the scene. Responders extinguished the fire with no damage done to the building, and the body of the driver, apparently male, was found inside the car.

    The University of Oklahoma Police Department stated that the incident is being investigated as a suicide. The FBI has joined the investigation. The bomb squad did three controlled detonations in the evening following the incident. The intent of the driver, including whether he only meant to hurt himself or others as well, remains unknown.


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