National Weather Festival Oct. 20 in Norman

The Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Weather Committee will host the 3rd Annual National Weather Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 20, at the National Weather Center, 120 David L. Boren Blvd., in Norman. The free public event will feature tours, children’s activities, a storm chaser car show, hourly weather balloon launches, amateur radio demonstrations, the debut of Science on a Sphere, displays by local businesses and weather-related seminars. An estimated 3,000 people turned out last year.

This year’s festival has an historical emphasis, with information about NOAA’s 200th Celebration and Oklahoma’s Centennial. We are looking for people around 100 years old to share their Oklahoma weather stories at the festival.

Weather-related seminars include:
– 10:15 a.m. – “Winds of Change: Ten Oklahoma Weather Events that Changed the World,” Derek Arndt, Oklahoma Climatological Survey

– 11:15 a.m. – “History of Research Storm Chasing,” Don Burgess, retired from NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, now working for OU Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)

– Storms of 2004, 2005, 2006 DVDs

For those worried about the OU game, we will be showing it on numerous TVs around the facility.

More information is available online at http://www.norman.noaa.gov/nwf07 or by calling (405) 325-6907 or (405) 321-7260.