Fourth Annual Severe Weather Awareness Day is Saturday

Written by Erin Hawes

The Texas Tech student chapter of the American Meteorological Society will host the fourth annual Severe Weather Awareness Day. The event will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 27) at the Science Spectrum.

The event, which is part of the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Week, will feature games, activities, demonstrations, displays and other 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 and other staff members from the National Weather Service will be in attendance.

Some of the activities include:

  • Ask the experts, where attendees can ask anything weather related and Robison, as well as a National Service Weather member and student, will answer.
  • Make your own forecast, where participants can stand in front of a camera and pretend to make their own forecast.
  • Warning simulator, where participants will be given realistic forecasting scenarios and asked to make their own severe weather warning forecast.

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

The event also will have giveaways and parents are welcome to bring weather radios to have programmed by a representative from Midland Radios. There also will be severe weather instruments on display. Severe Weather Awareness Day is the largest community service event hosted by the student chapter.

In addition, the Science Spectrum will be offering showings of the OMNI movie “Storm Chasers.” Tickets are $8 for adults and $6.50 for children and senior citizens.

This event is free to the public.

For more information, please visit http://www.mesonet.ttu.edu/SWAD/SWAD2010.html

CONTACT: Sarah Dillingham, teaching assistant, College of Liberal Arts, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3102, or sarah.dillingham@ttu.edu