This is already turning out to be the year of the tornado — even downtown Raleigh hasn’t gone unscathed. What better time to stock up on tips for surviving tornadoes, as well as hurricanes and lightning storms, than at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ second annual StormFest, Saturday, June 18 from 9 am to 5 pm. You can also meet local television meteorologists and discover the techniques and tools they use to predict the weather. 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.
Two “Ask the Experts” panel discussions feature meteorologists Elizabeth Gardner (WRAL 5), Don Schweeneker (ABC 11), Jeremy Baker (NBC 17) and Lee Ringer (News 14) at 10:30am, followed by chief meteorologists Greg Fishel (WRAL 5), Chris Hohmann (ABC 11), Wes Hohenstein (NBC 17) and Gary Stephenson (NEWS 14) at 2:30 pm. Prior to the event, people can submit questions to the panel by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
- Take in presentations on “Storm Chasing,” “North Carolina Hurricane History,” and “What You Need to Know about Family Preparedness” (check the website for times).
- Meet representatives of Wake/Raleigh Emergency Services, Wake County Search and Rescue, American Meteorological Society, and the North Carolina State Climate Office.
- Check out emergency response vehicles and a mobile hospital tent.
Visit www.naturalsciences.org  or call 919.733.7450 x502 for more information.