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May. 4, 2013 | Saturday, 9:00am
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Location: Museum of Natural Sciences

Lightning in the cloudsStormFest will give you the inside scoop on weather, natural disasters, and the emergency response services that are there when it is all taking place! We will have exhibits outside that include emergency response and news vehicles. One lane of Jones Street will be closed in front of the Museum.  We will also have exhibits located in the main Museum.


Meet Meteorologists from local news stations (ABC11, NBC 17, News 14, and WRAL) and pick their brains during our “Ask the Experts” Panels in the WRAL 3D Theater at 10:45am and 2:30pm. At 10am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 4pm be sure to check out Tornado Alley 3D , back for one day only, and every showing is FREE thanks to WRAL! 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 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.


WRAL Digital Theater, Main Museum, 1st Floor

  • 10am — Tornado Alley 3D
  • 10:45am — “Ask the Experts” Panel Discussion with morning Meteorologists Elizabeth Gardner (WRAL), Don Schwenneker (ABC11), Bill Reh (NBC17) and Lee Ringer (News14).
  • 12:30pm — Tornado Alley 3D
  • 1:30pm — Tornado Alley 3D
  •  2:30pm — “Ask the Experts” Panel Discussion with Chief Meteorologists Greg Fishel (WRAL), Chris Hohmann (ABC11), Wes Hohenstein (NBC17) and Gary Stephenson (News14).
  • 4pm — Tornado Alley 3D


Windows on the World, Main Building, 3rd Floor

10 am & 1 pm — Weird Weather Stories


Daily Planet, NRC

1pm — Social Media Severe Weather Reporting with Nick Petro, National Weather Service.


Free Workshops

Location: NRC 4th Floor, Environmental Conference Center

11am: SKYWARN Basic Weather Spotter Training

SKYWARN is a National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer severe weather spotters. SKYWARN volunteers support their local community by providing the NWX with timely and accurate severe weather reports. These reports, when integrated with modern NWS technology, are used to inform communities of the proper actions to take as severe weather threatens. The key focus of the SKYWARN program is to save lives and property through the use of the observations and reports of trained volunteers.

3:45pm: SKYWARN Advanced Weather Spotter Training

The advanced portion of the National Weather Service SKYWARN spotter training class is meant to cover meteorological topics in a more technical nature, and covers topics related to anticipating severe thunderstorm development and weather radar interpretation. SKYWARN Basic Spotter Training is a prerequisite to attending this class.

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