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Final Fridays: Twister

  • Friday, September 29, 2017
  • 5:30pm - 9:00pm

5:30pm-7pm: Food, live music and science stations
7pm: Movie begins in the WRAL 3D Theater, followed by commentary


There’s nothing more American than apple pie, Nick Offerman and … tornadoes? That’s right, the United States is the cyclone capitol of the world, with an average of 1,000 twisters touching down in the states each year. The second most tornado-prone country, Canada, records just 100 tornadoes each year.

So what makes tornadoes so quintessentially American? Is there something in our climate that makes us prone to this unpredictable form of extreme weather? And how much damage can a powerful tornado really cause?

Join us at the September installment of Final Fridays to watch Twister and learn everything you ever wanted to know about tornadoes. We’ll host Brice Coffer, Graduate Research Assistant in the Convective Storms Group at NC State University, as this month’s expert to help us separate the science from the “spin” following the screening. Don’t miss it!

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“Twister” is rated PG-13


Twister (1996) — “Twister” produced by Warner Brothers Entertainment in 1996, is the most popular weather movie ever made, and it sparked an interest in meteorology in both kids and adults alike.

In the film, TV weatherman Bill Harding (Bill Paxton) is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo (Helen Hunt), to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa (Jami Gertz). But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornadoes.

Directed by Jan de Bont and starring Bill Paxton and the Oscar winner Helen Hunt. Screenplay by Michael Crichton (author of Jurassic Park, Congo, Spehere, The Lost World, etc.).

Come out to this month’s Final Friday and explore what the film got right and wrong about tornadoes.


American Meteorological Society at NC State
NC State University
The American Meteorological Society at NC State is an outreach and professional development club that allows students to explore different job opportunities within meteorology. Monthly meetings invite guest speakers from local emergency management, broadcast media, government, and private sector organizations to discuss meteorology in their field and promotes networking of students and professionals.

Tornadoes in Your House
NC Museum of Natural Sciences 
Have you ever seen a tornado with your own eyes? Now you have the opportunity to learn how science and art can be combined in three different experiments to create tornadoes.

Famous Tornadoes and Disaster Movies
NC Museum of Natural Sciences 
How much do you know about movies? We want to test your movie knowledge about tornado and other disaster movies. Could you guess a movie by seeing only one frame?

Twisters in North Carolina
NC Museum of Natural Sciences 
Our state may not be in the infamous “Tornado Alley”, but it still sees its share of dangerous weather. Come learn about some of the deadliest and most destructive tornadoes that have affected North Carolina through the years, and about how local meteorologists track these monster storms.

Dorothy IV
NC Museum of Natural Sciences 
In Twister, Bill and Jo Harding are a couple of Storm Chasers who want to introduce a device called Dorothy into a tornado to gather data. Can you help them put Dorothy inside of the twister? Practice with our Corn Hole game.

Put Back the Cow Tail!
NC Museum of Natural Sciences 
Help our poor cow get its tail back. After the last tornado, our cow “Margarita” has lost her tail. Can you help her to get it back? Twist and twist and try to put it in the right place!

Buttons Handouts
NC Museum of Natural Sciences 
Hot off the press!! A new button from our movie collection has been released. Get one fast before they are blown away!

MUSIC (5:30–7pm)

Atmospheric electronica and ambient soundscapes.


This Final Fridays event is Frank Night! Enjoy Carolina-Style Hot Dogs  or Italian Sausage for $6. There will also be a vegetarian option. And don’t miss our selection of craft beers!



September 29, 2017
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$2 members, $5 non-members


WRAL 3D Theater

Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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