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Jun. 16, 2012 | Saturday, 9:00am
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Location: Museum of Natural Sciences

StormFest graphicJune 16, 2012
9am - 5pm

StormFest will give you the inside scoop on weather, natural disasters, and the emergency response services that are there when it is all taking place!

It’s Free!


  • Meet Meteorologists from local news stations (NBC 17, News 14, and WRAL) and pick their brains during our “Ask the Experts” Panels in the WRAL 3D Theater at 10:30am and 2pm.
  • Free showings of Tornado Alley in 3D, back for one day only, sponsored by WRAL!
  • Story Time- “Pink Snow and Other Weird Weather”, Windows of the World. Bring children of all ages to hear fun stories about weather gone weird and meet some live animals from the book (10am and 1pm)!
  • Kids will also have a chance to “Ask the Experts” at the “Weather Why’s for Kids” talks from News 14’s Pati Darak and Joshua McKinney in the Daily Planet Theater (11:30am and 2:30pm)!
  • Learn about why weather happens, how to predict it, participate in weather experiments with the National Weather Service, and find out how some animals are affected by weather at our “Animal Weather Lore” table!
  • You will also be able to learn about how to prepare you and your family for when weather turns dangerous, and resources local governments have to help with storm response and recovery.
  • We will have exhibits outside that include emergency response vehicles, news vehicles, and a storm-chasing vehicle!


WRAL Digital Theater, Main Museum, 1st Floor

10AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM and 4PM
Tornado Alley in 3D! FREE showings provided by WRAL-TV

10:30 AM “Ask the Experts” Panel Discussion
with morning Meteorologists Elizabeth Gardner (WRAL), Jeremy Baker (NBC17) and Lee Ringer (News14).

2:30 PM “Ask the Experts” Panel Discussion
with Chief Meteorologists Greg Fishel (WRAL), Wes Hohenstein (NBC17) and Gary Stephenson (News14).

Windows on the World, Main Museum, 3rd Floor

10:00 AM Weird Weather Stories

11:00 AM Be Red Cross Ready American Red Cross

1:00 PM Weird Weather Stories

3:30 PM Be Red Cross Ready American Red Cross

Daily Planet, New Wing

10:00 AM Chasing Down Tornadoes in the U.S.

11:30 AM Weather Why’s For Kids with News 14’s Pati Darak

1:00 PM A Review of the April 16, 2012 Tornado Outbreak Nick Petro, National Weather Service

2:30 PM Weather Why’s For Kids with News 14’s Joshua McKinney

4:00 PM Chasing Down Tornadoes in the U.S.

Participating Groups

  • American Red Cross
  • CAMET- NCDA&CS Emergency Programs Division
  • CIR (Centro Internacional de Raleigh)
  • National Weather Service
  • NC Baptist Men
  • NC Climate Office
  • NC Division of Air Quality
  • NC Emergency Reserves
  • NC Wing Civil Air Patrol
  • News 14 Carolina
  • Salvation Army

For more information contact Miranda Wood at 919.733.7450 x523 or