Families Invited to Get 'Hands-On' to Learn About Severe Weather

Severe Weather Day at the Science Spectrum will feature games, demonstrations and displays to teach the basics of weather and severe weather safety.

Written by Erin Hawes

This child gets a first-hand lesson about electricity using the Van de Graaf generator at the Science Spectrum.

This child gets a first-hand lesson about electricity using the Van de Graaf generator at the Science Spectrum.

The Texas Tech student chapter of the American Meteorological Society will host the fourth annual Severe Weather Awareness Day from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Science Spectrum. This event is free and open to the public and is the largest community service event hosted by the student chapter.

The event, which is part of the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Week, will feature games, demonstrations, displays and activities developed to help children and families understand the basics of weather and severe weather safety.

KCBD’s meteorologist John Robison will emcee the event. Connect with KCBD on .

  • Want to be a severe storm spotter? Get certified by the National Weather Service!
  • Learn hands-on weather experiments
  • Think you could be the next John Robison? Make your own forecast in front of a camera.
  • Have questions about severe weather? "Ask the experts!"
  • Storm Chasing vehicles, weather instrumentation from Texas Tech’s Severe Storm Research Team as well as a mobile Doppler radar will be on-site and open for all to see
  • IMAX movie "Storm Chasers" will be shown at 2 and 4 p.m. (Tickets are $8 for adults and $6.50 for children and senior citizens)
  • Door prizes and giveaways include free weather radios
  • Bring your weather radio and have it programmed by a representative from Midland Radios

Representatives from State Farm, the National Storm Shelter Association, the Lubbock National Weather Service, the South Plains Storm Spotter Team, the Red Cross, and Midland Radios will have staff members at the event.

For more information, visit the West Texas Mesonet Web site.

The West Texas Mesonet project was initiated in 1999 to provide free real-time weather and agricultural information for residents of the South Plains region of western Texas. The network has grown to include fifty-five surface meteorological stations, one radar wind profiler, one acoustic wind profiler, and one upper-air sounding system.

Weather information from each surface station is transmitted every five minutes back to the base station at Reese Center (12 miles west of Lubbock). Agricultural data (including soil temperature and moisture information) are transmitted every fifteen minutes. All real-time data collected from the surface stations are available at the mesonet's Web site.

To find out more about the Science Spectrum and their events, visit their or sites. [nggallery id=49]

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