Train to become an official severe weather spotter, meet local television meteorologists, and learn tips for surviving hurricanes, tornadoes and lightning storms at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ first annual StormFest, Saturday, April 10 from 9am to 4pm. This free event is presented in collaboration with the National Weather Service (NWS), American Red Cross and Wake County Emergency Services, and includes demonstrations, activities and educational material for all ages.
In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. In addition to educating everyone about how to stay safe during such severe weather, a primary goal of this event is to encourage participation in three on-site SKYWARN training sessions. SKYWARN is a nationwide program that teaches anyone with an interest in public service how to help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. These sessions (at 9:30am and 2:30pm) teach you how to: identify thunderstorm development and severity; recognize storm and cloud elements; anticipate storm motion, intensity and severity; and understand lightning dynamics. (Recommended age: 12 and older.)
At 1pm, the public is invited to attend a severe weather panel discussion with local chief meteorologists Greg Fishel (WRAL), Chris Hohmann (ABC 11), Wes Hohenstein (NBC 17) and Gary Stephenson (NEWS 14). Prior to the event, people can submit questions to the panel by e-mailing raleigh.stormfest[at]noaa.gov. Visitors can also become Meteorologist for a Day with a green screen activity that allows you to present a mock forecast in front of a TV weather map.
Additional presentations include: “Storm Chasing,” “Tornado Damage: How the NWS Classifies Tornadoes,” “Three Steps to Prepare for Disaster,” and “How to Make a Complete Preparedness Kit.” You can also meet and learn from representatives of Wake/Raleigh Emergency Services, Wake County Search and Rescue, American Meteorological Society, and the North Carolina State Climate Office.
Visit www.naturalsciences.org or call 919.733.7450 x502 for more information.