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National Weather Festival attracts 4,500 people

The 5th Annual National Weather Festival drew 4,500 people last Saturday, November 7 to the National Weather Center in Norman, Okla.

The free public event featured tours, children’s activities, a storm chaser car show, amateur radio demonstrations, and hourly weather balloon launches with local broadcast meteorologists. Booths offered weather related information and products. NSSL staff volunteers led tours of the NWC and gave weather-related and Science on a Sphere presentations. Vehicles used in the VORTEX2 tornado study were also on display.

Event hosts include the Norman Chamber of Commerce Weather Committee, NOAA, University of Oklahoma College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and the National Weather Center.

Background: The National Weather Festival aims to reach out to the community by providing opportunities to learn about operational weather activities, current research and to promote interest in weather to people of all ages.