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Located on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus, the National Weather Service office provides tours for middle and high school students. Tours can be arranged any day of the week except Sunday during the hours of 10AM - 1 PM and 5 PM - 8 PM. Tours typically last 45 minutes to an hour. Group size is limited to 15, however back to back groups can be accommodated for large class sizes. Be aware that evening tours are at greater risk of being canceled or rescheduled due to weather. Call (919) 515-8209 for reservations. Or, make tour reservations online

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