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Teen Science Cafe: Chasing Tornadoes

  • Friday, February 05, 2016
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Science of Severe Weather

When Brice Coffer tells people he’s a storm chaser, they ask, “Are you crazy?” and, “How do you study storms?” Brice will attempt to convince us that he’s not (too) crazy and that storms can be beautiful and not something to fear. Brice will discuss how he studies these fascinating products of nature. Afterwards, he will lead a quiz game on tornado facts and myths.

About Our Speaker

Brice Coffer is a PhD student with Dr. Matthew Parker at NC State University. His research focuses on severe storms and tornadoes. He uses observations collected during field projects to study why some storms produce tornadoes, and others that are seemingly very similar do not. Brice grew up in Houston, Texas, and earned his BS at the University of Oklahoma (OU). In addition to studying at OU he worked for the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and interned at the Storm Prediction Center (SPC). His original interest in meteorology stemmed from tropical cyclones. However, while working at the NSSL and the SPC, as well as storm chasing throughout the Great Plains, he developed a deep passion for severe convective weather.

Tornado on the American plains.



February 5
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Daily Planet Cafe

Nature Research Center
121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States


Kathryn Rende