National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Welcome teachers, students, future meteorologists, and kids of all ages! 

 

One of NOAA’s priorities is Environmental Literacy, Outreach, and Education. On this page you will find source information from scheduling an office tour or having an NWS meteorologist come speak to your classroom or group to educational resources (K-12), weather safety information and helpful information for prospective meteorologists! We hope that you find this information useful whether you are a teacher, student.

If you have a question for a meteorologist, send us an email, gsp.webmaster@noaa.gov.

 

Office Tours and Presentations

Weather Safety Information

Teachers, Students, and Kids of All Ages

Careers in Meteorology

 

 

Office Tours and Presentations

 

To request an office tour, school/group presentation or other outreach event, please

call our office during normal business hours between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM at 864-848-3859.

 

Office Tours

• Tours will generally be held Monday through Friday and must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance (we will need to make sure that proper staffing is arranged).
 
• Tours will only take place on "fair weather" days, and group leaders will need to contact the NWS tour leader (via email or phone) assigned to them a couple days prior to make sure everything is on track with tour date/time. 

• If hazardous weather is expected or the National Threat Assessment has been raised to a higher level on the day of the scheduled tour, then unfortunately tours will need to be rescheduled. 

• Public tours will not be scheduled on Sundays or Holidays.

• We ask that tour groups be no more than 20 people (4th grade and older), though larger groups can be divided. If large groups cannot be divided or attend at different times to accommodate the group, then a NWS representative can go to your school or group meeting to give a presentation.

• All adults must sign in and show a photo ID. Minors will be allowed to be accompanied by an adult with an ID. All attendees must be U.S. citizens.

School/Group Presentations

Meteorologists on staff are available to come speak to your classroom/group. We have weather safety talks prepared and can also tailor presentations towards specific topics such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and more!

Other Outreach Events

Meteorologists on staff are available to participate in events (Safety Day, festivals, etc) and can set up a booth with hands-on activities, informational handouts, etc.

 

 

Weather Safety Information - Building a Weather-Ready Nation

 

 

From tornadoes and lightning to flooding and life-threatening extreme temperatures, it's important to know what to do when hazardous weather strikes. Keep yourself and others safe by learning about different weather hazards and how to be prepared and stay safe!

 

Weather-Ready Nation: Seasonal Safety Campaigns https://www.weather.gov/safetycampaign

Weather Education & Safety for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community https://www.weather.gov/wrn/dhh-safety

FEMA: Weather Safety information, checklists, and more! https://www.ready.gov/

 

Information and Weather Safety Tips

Air Quality https://www.weather.gov/safety/airquality

Cold https://www.weather.gov/safety/cold

Drought https://www.weather.gov/safety/drought

Floods https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood

Fog https://www.weather.gov/safety/fog

Heat https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat

Hurricanes https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane

Lightning https://www.weather.gov/safety/lightning

Space Weather https://www.weather.gov/safety/space

Sun (Ultraviolet Radiation) https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat-uv

Severe Thunderstorms https://www.weather.gov/safety/thunderstorm

Tornadoes https://www.weather.gov/safety/tornado

Wildfire https://www.weather.gov/safety/wildfire

Wind https://www.weather.gov/safety/wind

Winter Weather https://www.weather.gov/safety/winter

 

Headed to the lake or beach? Check out these safety tips before you go!

Beach Hazards https://www.weather.gov/safety/beachhazards

Rip Currents https://www.weather.gov/safety/ripcurrent

Safety Boating https://www.weather.gov/safety/safeboating

Tsunami https://www.weather.gov/safety/tsunami

 

NWS webpage that lists all safety links listed above on one page: http://www.weather.gov/safety/

 

Videos

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Safety Videos (those included listed below): https://www.weather.gov/wrn/dhh-safety

  • NOAA Weather Radio (WR120EZ) Programming Instructions
  • Know Your Location and Seasonal Weather Threats
  • Severe Thunderstorm Safety
  • Lightning Safety
  • Flood and Flash Flood Safety
  • Tornado Safety
  • Receiving Weather Alerts and Preparedness Plan Tips

NOAA Ocean Today: Lightning Safety Video https://oceantoday.noaa.gov/lightning/welcome.html

NOAA Ocean Today: Rip Current Safety Video https://oceantoday.noaa.gov/ripcurrent/

 

Teachers, Students, and Kids of All Ages

 

JetStream - An Online School for Weather http://www.weather.gov/jetstream/

FEMA Kids https://www.ready.gov/kids

Owlie Skywarn : Brochures & Coloring Activities for Kids https://www.weather.gov/owlie/publication_brochures#children

Students: NOAA Education Page http://www.noaa.gov/education

MetEd: Teaching & Training Resources for the Geoscience Community https://www.meted.ucar.edu/

Weather Information Handouts & Videos https://www.weather.gov/owlie/publication_brochures

NOAA/NASA Sci Jinks: It’s All About Weather https://scijinks.gov/

 

 

Careers in Meteorology

 

National Weather Service Jobs: USAJobs, search “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration” https://www.usajobs.gov/

Education and Careers (American Meteorological Society) https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/education-careers/

Career Options for Meteorologist (National Severe Storms Laboratory) https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/people/jobs/careers.php

American Meteorological Society’s Database – List of Colleges & Universities with Meteorology/Atmospheric Science programs https://www.ametsoc.org/amsucar_curricula/index.cfm