NWS Forecast Office

Oklahoma Climatological Survey and National Weather Service announce state’s top weather events of the century

Dec 13th, 1999 | By Keli Pirtle

The Oklahoma Climatological Survey and the National Weather Service Forecast Offices in Norman and Tulsa have prepared a list of Oklahoma’s top weather events of the 20th century.

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Commerce Department awards Gold Medal to National Weather Service Norman Forecast Office

Dec 1st, 1999 | By Keli Pirtle

The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded its Gold Medal to the staff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service Norman Forecast Office for “exemplary, life-saving performance during the devastating May 3, 1999 tornadoes.”

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Weather Service, ham radio group celebrate partnership

Nov 24th, 1999 | By Keli Pirtle

The National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League of amateur radio operators will join forces during the holiday weekend to recognize the valuable service amateur radio provides during severe weather, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said today.

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1999 Oklahoma tornadoes break record

Aug 25th, 1999 | By Keli Pirtle

With more than four months to go in 1999, Oklahoma has already experienced more tornadoes than any previous year on record, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service Forecast Offices in Norman and Tulsa.

Since the first of January, 115 tornadoes have occurred in the state, surpassing the previous yearly tornado record of 107 set in 1957. The National Weather Service has been keeping detailed records since 1950.

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Stormlink seeks severe weather reports

Apr 21st, 1999 | By Keli Pirtle

This spring if you observe hail, damaging winds, or a tornado on the ground, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) meteorology researchers and forecasters in Norman want to know about it. For a new research project called StormLink, the public is invited to report severe weather in their area by calling a toll-free number, 1-877-STORM-11 (1-877-786-7611). In the Oklahoma City area, the number is 329-LINK (329-5465). Reports can also be made on-line at: http://www.stormlink.org. The information will be recorded by volunteers and used to improve weather forecasting.

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NOAA weather radio transmissions expand to Woodward and Altus

Apr 7th, 1999 | By Keli Pirtle

When the wind blows and storm clouds cover Oklahoma and North Texas, residents of the Woodward and Altus areas can now keep ahead of severe weather by tuning in to NOAA Weather Radio, a 24-hour source of weather forecasts and warnings provided by the National Weather Service (NWS), part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Two new 100 Watt transmitters have been installed in the Woodward and Altus communities and are already broadcasting information from the NWS Forecast Office in Norman, according to Dennis McCarthy, Meteorologist-in-Charge.

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National Weather Service marks 20th anniversary of Red River Valley tornaodes

Apr 7th, 1999 | By Keli Pirtle

Two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) organizations located in Norman, Okla. are joining residents and officials of Wichita Falls, Texas, this Saturday in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the April 10, 1979 Red River Valley Tornado outbreak.

The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Norman will provide weather forecasting and severe storm safety information during the free event at the Public Library. In addition, the National Severe Storms Laboratory will display their mobile storm-intercept laboratory. This modified 15-passenger van is stocked with high-tech equipment that looks right into the storms including radiosondes and electric field sensors.

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