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Hazardous Heat Across the Western U.S.; Heavy Rain and Flooding in the Southwest and Western Gulf Coast

Dangerous heat will persist over portions of interior California, the Great Basin, and the northern Rockies through Thursday. Heat will gradually spread into the northern Plains today. Across the western Gulf Coast, heavy to excessive rainfall will persist through mid-week. Additionally, the Southwest Monsoon will continue to bring a flash flooding threat to the Four Corners Region this week. Read More >


Tour Scheduling: While we would like to host tours more often, we do not have a large staff, generally only 2 to 3 people available who are also working operationally. Due to staffing, we can only accommodate the following:

  • Schools (5th grade earth science classes and higher)

  • Civic groups involved in weather, water and climate and those preparing for and/or responding to disasters

For large groups with over 10 people, we ask that you keep the age limit to 10 years and older. 

If you are in Middle School through College, and interested in a STEM future, please state that in your communications with us.  

The best time to request a tour for groups is Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. For individual students interested in a STEM career, we can work on alternate times.

Please Note: Tours may be canceled, if necessary, due to active weather, staffing shortage, CDC COVID Community Risk in the medium or high category, or changes to the DHS terror alert threat level. We will contact you as soon as we can to alert you of a change.  We will make arrangements to reschedule the tour as soon as possible, or we can offer a virtual weather presentation instead.

To request a tour, please contact the National Weather Service in Portland, Oregon via email.

Include the following information:

  • Contact Person

  • Telephone Number and email address

  • Name of Group or School

  • Number and age group expected in the tour

  • Best time to call to confirm

  • Several possible dates for the visit and/or tour

  • Please allow several days for a meteorologist to get back to you.

  • Via email:

  • Via phone: (503) 326-2340 (M-F)

We will get back to you as soon as we can.  Thank you