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connec t ion Volume 3 — Issue 10— October 2012 www.mesonet.org The National Weather Center is home to the Oklahoma Mesonet. Housed on the second floor with the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, the Mesonet has been located within the NWC since it opened in summer 2006. The NWC sits on 22 acres and is a University of Oklahoma building, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) being the major resident. The 244,000 square foot building has five stories, a rooftop outdoor classroom, and enclosed weather observation deck. It accommodates about 550 people including research scientists, operational meteorologists and climatologists, engineers and technicians, support staff, and graduate and undergraduate students. “I can’t imagine a better location,” said Chris Fiebrich, Manager of the Mesonet. “Because our Mesonet stations are located in every county of the state, it helps to have our headquarters centrally positioned in Norman. It’s even better that we get to be housed with other weather offices like the National Weather Service and OU’s School of Meteorology.” Every year, the NWC hosts the National Weather Festival. People from all over the region attend the event featuring building tours, an hourly weather balloon launch, children’s activities, storm research vehicle displays, amateur radio demonstrations, the storm chaser car show, and weather-related info and products. If you would like to come see the Mesonet headquarters and all of the other weather agencies in the NWC, mark your calendar for the next National Weather Festival on Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or directions, visit http://www.norman. noaa.gov/events/nwf. –by Stephanie Bowen Our Home - The National Weather Center Left: The Oklahoma Mesonet staff in the central stairway of the National Weather Center. This year marks the sixth anniversary of the NWC opening.
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|Title||Mesonet connection, 10/2012, v. 3 no. 10|
Oklahoma Climatological Survey.
|Purpose||Our Home - The National Weather Center by Stephanie Bowen; Mesonet in Pictures: 2011 NWC Weather Festival, Calibrations Lab; The Oklahoma Mesonet's Calibration lab by Stephanie Bowen; Late September Rains Provide Drought Relief by Gary McManus;|
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