I’ve always been interested in freak weather and I’ve wanted to visit the National Weather Centre for years! I was even more delighted to learn that they did tours, except the one thing I didn’t realise was that non US citizens need to book at least 2 weeks in advance for the tours as the weather centre is a federal building and therefore security clearance is required. I was devastated when I found out, but the guy I spoke to on the phone told me I could still visit the first floor exhibit so I decided to still do that. When I arrived at the centre, I checked in with security and told them I was just visiting the exhibit since I couldn’t get on the tour. The security staff at the front desk were lovely! The lady explained that the tour starts on the first floor (where clearance isn’t needed) and that she couldn’t see an issue with me tagging along! The exhibit is small but it’s got some hi-tech equipment which plays videos, includes information about the centre and also includes interactive activities which link with Google Earth! The only downside is that there’s no sound or subtitles for the videos. There’s also some large screens which show weather systems and forecasts throughout America. I must admit though, the highlight was Dorothy, DOT and TOTO which were featured in the movie Twister. I also visited the Flying Cow café which is really reasonably priced and you’ve just got to love the name!
When I returned to the exhibit, the lady on security asked tour guide, Pat, if I could join the first floor part of the tour and I was overjoyed that he said yes! The first part of the tour is 40 minutes out of about 75 minutes so I did get to hear about a lot of things including the history and science of what I’ve mentioned above. Pat even told me about the upstairs areas since I couldn’t go up. He also told us a little bit about the background of the centre and the work they do here. Even though I couldn’t experience the full thing, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here!
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