The National Weather Festival

BY: PATRICK PISCITELLI, PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Weather festival at OUThe 2014 national Weather Festival will take place Saturday, November 1, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the National Weather Center’s facilities on the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus.

The annual festival highlights the many weather related organizations and activities in central Oklahoma. Visitors can view the center's premier facilities, including the National Weather Service’s forecast operation areas.

In addition to hourly weather balloon launches with local TV meteorologists, emergency response vehicle and equipment, LEGO® models and robot demonstrations, children’s activities and a variety of weather-related information and products that will be on display, the National Weather Center plans to have first responders, storm shelter experts, the American Red Cross and several other weather-related professionals in attendance.

 

Fun Activities for Participants of All Ages include:

 

WEATHER BALLOON LAUNCHES

Join the National Weather Center for hourly launches hosted by Oklahoma City TV meteorologists.

 

ASK THE EXPERTS!

There will be special booths where people can ask their questions about tornadoes, storm shelters, storm fears and Oklahoma weather patterns.

 

From a Professional’s Perspective:

Jami Boettcher – National Weather Service and OLLI instructor

 

OLLI at OU: What is your favorite part of this event?

Jamie Boettcher: “My favorite part of this event is that our citizens have the opportunity to experience how Oklahoma’s severe weather history has produced the most effective “weather enterprise” in the world. Visitors get to see how research improves severe weather warnings, how those warnings are shared by the media and the dedication of our first responders. All of these elements of the weather enterprise share the common goal of saving lives.”