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November 3, 2012

National Weather Center gives behind-the-scenes look

NORMAN — There were many different reasons why people attended the annual Weather Festival this weekend, but reasons aside, everyone seemed to enjoy it.

The National Weather Center in Norman held the 8th Annual Weather Festival on Saturday bringing together friends and family to learn about science and more specifically, weather.

There were hourly weather balloon launches, children’s activities, storm research vehicle displays, amateur radio demonstrations, a Storm Chaser Car Show and weather related information and products.

“This is something educational for the kids to do on the weekend instead of sitting at home playing video games,” said Grover Walker of Moore.

Walker and his family said it was the first time they had been to the festival and they enjoyed it. One of the children’s favorite thing about the festival was probably the “weather heroes” he said.

Sean Cheng, 9, of Norman said he enjoyed going to the weather festival every year. Cheng stood quietly in front of a Mesonet Groundwater Level booth listening and watching a woman explain groundwater levels and how they fluctuate.

Kristen Perez is new to Oklahoma and decided to attend the festival to learn more about Oklahoma weather. She moved to the state from California for work-related purposes.

“I don’t know anything about the weather here,” Perez said.

She said she heard the festival was a big thing in Oklahoma and thought it would be a good place to get information from.

Some decided to attend because they were curious about what went on at the Weather Festival.

“We live so close but have never came out (to the festival),” said George Geissler of Norman. “We were curious about what happened out here.”

Aside from all of the activities going on, attendees were also able to tour the National Weather Center including the observation deck on the seventh floor of the building.

Jessica Bruha366-3540jbruha@normantranscript.com

 

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