National Weather Service Raleigh Tours
Every month the National Weather Service in Raleigh will open its doors for
group and public tours for one day. On the selected day there will be six openings for 1.5 hour
tours from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. The maximum group size for each tour will be no more than 20 persons.
The minimum age for tours is 5th grade. Be advised that if you are requesting a tour for a very
small group you may be placed with another larger group in the same time slot. In case of inclement
weather that would require the full attention of the staff, a rain date will be provided. Tours that
cannot make the rain date will be given first preference during a future month. All tours are given
by a meteorologist who will go through the basics of how the National Weather Service works and how
forecasts are made. Participants will then be able to tour the operations area where current
forecasting will be ongoing. Pictures with your group are permitted. Once given a tour slot, an
email will be sent to the group leader with details on what to do once arriving on campus. Details
regarding tour policies are listed below.
Upcoming NWS Tour Dates
Wednesday March 19th (alternate 3/20)
Wednesday April 23rd (alternate 4/24)
Thursday May 22nd (alternate 5/23)
Tour Request Instructions:
Read the NWS Raleigh Tour
Fill Out the NWS Tour Request
Form or send an email to email@example.com with the valid information
Submit the NWS Tour Request
NWS Raleigh Tour Policies:
We will respond to the online requests either through e-mail or a telephone call.
Tours are available for individuals or groups.
For school or civic groups, tours will be provided to students and children who are at the middle
school level and above (5th grade and above).
Tours will no longer be provided to school groups or children at the elementary school level or
younger (4th grade and below).
During tours, our staff must maintain their duties and operational situational awareness; and, our
staff often spend a considerable amount of time on the phone briefing partners. As such, tour
groups must ensure that extraneous noise, conversation, and/or chatter be kept to an absolute
minimum while touring our operations center. Because of this, under no circumstances will
children under the age of 5th grade be admitted inside the NWS Raleigh operations area during office
Tours typically last between 60 and 80 minutes, but no longer than 90 minutes.
Tours are conducted between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM on the designated tour day.
The maximum number of people allowed per tour group is 20.
A school or civic group is only allowed to schedule one tour slot per month.
Temporary visitor's parking passes are required for parking in the lots adjacent to the NWS
Raleigh. Tour group leaders or those providing transportation for those attending a tour at
the NWS Raleigh will be required to obtain a visitor's parking pass from a visitor's booth
on campus. The cost of these passes are $5, and only cash is accepted at the visitor's
booth. More information about obtaining a parking pass will be provided to tour groups prior
to the tour date.
Scheduled tour days may be cancelled due to unforeseen staff shortages or an usually heavy
workload due to adverse weather. In this event, the alternate tour day will be used. Any groups not
able to make the alternate day will be given priority in scheduling a tour during the designated
tour day on the following month.
All adults are required to carry proper identification into the facility.
NWS Raleigh Tour Request Form:
If you find the mail server is down or there is an error submitting you report, click here to send an
email to the tour contact or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.