National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Office Tour Policy

Due to heightened security measures
tours are extremely limited.


Strict new guidelines are in place for tours of government offices in reponse to the events of September 11, 2001. Here are the tour policies for the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office. Please review below rules to make sure your group is eligible prior to submitting a tour request.

  • Tours are for adults & children aged 12 and higher.

    • At least 1 adult chaperone is required for each 10 children.

  • Tours are by appointment only, and must be made at least 1 month in advance.

  • Groups of 40 or less, however groups of 20+ will be broken into two.

  • Everyone must be a U.S. citizen.

  • A photo ID (for adults) is required.

If your group fits the above rules, you may contact our office to schedule a tour by e-mailing  If you don't have access to email you can call (703) 996-2200.  You must provide the following information in your e-mail:

  • A contact name and phone number.

  • Proposed dates & times, or a general time frame.

    • Must be a month or more in advance

    • Must be Monday through Friday (day or evening)

  • Evening tours can include a balloon launch, if requested.


  • Tours will be conducted on "fair weather" days only.  If severe weather, winter weather or flooding ends up being expected on the day of your visit, your tour will be rescheduled and/or cancelled.

  • You will be required to call the Lead Forecaster, at 703-996-2000, on duty the day before your scheduled visit to receive the final confirmation for your tour. (It is at this time your tour would be cancelled for inclement weather.)

  • Failure to coordinate with the Lead Forecaster on Duty the day before your tour can result in the cancellation of your tour, even if no inclement weather is forecast.