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Meet your favorite meteorologist, find out what causes hurricanes and tornadoes and learn about weird weather phenomena at 'Stormfest', June 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 5, 2012      
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Contact: Emelia.Cowans@naturalsciences.org; 919.733.7450, ext. 305

Learn about pink snow, why some fish jump out of the water before storms and what causes natural disasters at the 3rd annual StormFest

(Raleigh)—Fascinated by what causes hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters? Why does hail vary in size? Ever wondered how animals are affected by the weather? Which emergency response services are dispatched during these events? If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, the third annual StormFest at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh is where you need to be. The free all-day event will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On the first three floors of the main Museum building, dozens of exhibitors will be on hand to answer questions, give live demonstrations and workshops. Exhibits outside on Bicentennial Plaza include emergency response vehicles, news vehicles, and a storm-chasing vehicle! One lane of Jones Street will be closed in front of the main building and our new wing, the Nature Research Center. Learn about why weather happens, how to predict it, participate in weather experiments with the National Weather Service, and find out how some animals adapt and are affected by weather at the “Animal Weather Lore” table. You can also learn how you and your family can prepare when weather turns dangerous, and which resources are available to help with storm response and recovery.

The most popular highlight of StormFest is the “Ask the Experts” panel discussion, where visitors can meet meteorologists from local news stations NBC-17, News 14 Carolina and WRAL-TV 5 and pick their brains on all things weather. Those discussions will be held in the WRAL 3D Theater (main building) at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Kids will also have a chance to ask the experts at 2:30 p.m. at the “Weather Why’s for Kids” talks from News 14’s Pati Darak and Joshua McKinney in the SECU Daily Planet Theater inside the NRC. Following the talks, each meteorologist will have a special station where people can get autographs.

At 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., be sure to check out “Tornado Alley in 3D,” back for one day only. Every showing is FREE courtesy of WRAL-TV 5. At 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., a special weather-related “Story Time”  inspired by the  book, “Pink Snow and Other Weird Weather,” will be held in Windows of the World (3rd floor, main building) where children of all ages can hear fun stories about “weather gone weird” and meet some live animals from the book.


WRAL Digital Theater, Main Building, First Floor
10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Tornado Alley in 3D (Free)

10:30 a.m.       “Ask the Experts” Panel Discussion
With morning Meteorologists Elizabeth Gardner (WRAL), Jeremy Baker (NBC17) and Lee Ringer (News14).
2:30 p.m.         “Ask the Experts” Panel Discussion
With Chief Meteorologists Greg Fishel (WRAL), Wes Hohenstein (NBC17) and Gary Stephenson (News14).
Windows on the World, Main Building, Third Floor

10 a.m.            Weird Weather Stories
11 a.m.            Be Red Cross Ready
                        American Red Cross
1 p.m.              Weird Weather Stories
3:30 p.m.         Be Red Cross Ready
                        American Red Cross

SECU Daily Planet, New Wing

10 a.m.            National Weather Service (title TBD)
11:30 a.m.       Weather Why’s For Kids with News 14’s Pati Darak
1 p.m.              Chasing Down Tornadoes in the U.S.
2:30 p.m.         Weather Why’s For Kids with News 14’s Joshua McKinney

Participating Groups:
Salvation Army, CAMET- NCDA&CS Emergency Programs Division, National Weather Service, NC Climate Office, News 14 Carolina, WRAL-TV, SKYWARN, NC Emergency Reserves, American Red Cross, NC Division of Air Quality, NC Baptist Men, CIR (Centro International de Raleigh), StormSquad.net, NC Wing Civil Air Patrol.

For more information on StormFest, call Miranda Wood at 919.733.7450, ext. 523 or via e-mail at Miranda.Wood@naturalsciences.org.

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, June 5, 2012