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Severe Weather and Flood Potential for the East; Fire Weather Concerns for the Southwest and Alaska

Severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall will affect the eastern portions of the country today. Across the Pacific Northwest and northern Plains, showers with the chance for severe thunderstorms later today. For the Southwest and southern portions of Alaska, fire weather concerns expected today and could extend into the holiday weekend. Rip currents are possible for the east coast and Puerto Rico. Read More >

There are many different groups that have indicated interest in coming to the Forecast Office for tours. Just a few of these include:

  • School systems (classes/teachers)
  • Scout troops
  • Amateur radio groups
  • Church organizations
  • Senior citizen groups
  • Weather spotter groups

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

For smaller groups, all ages are acceptable and can more easily be accommodated. We recommend that there be at least one adult for every 3 children under the age of 10.

The best time to request a tour is between the hours of 10:00 am and Noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, and after 5:00 pm. Other times may be negotiated. During the spring and summer months, please try to keep tour requests to the early morning hours.

Please Note: Tours may be cancelled, if necessary, because of weather, staffing shortage, or changes to the terror alert threat level. Because of occasional unforeseen circumstances, some tours may need to be cancelled at the last minute. We will make arrangements to re-schedule the tour as soon as possible, or can offer a weather presentation instead.

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

  • Via email: nws.portland@noaa.gov
  • Via phone: (503) 261-9246

Please 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.

We will schedule the event as quickly as possible.