Texas Tech Hosts Fifth Annual Severe Weather Awareness Day

Texas Tech American Meteorological Society will offer severe weather safety tips and showcase equipment and vehicles at Severe Weather Awareness Day.

Written by Jaryn Jones

Texas Tech University’s American Meteorological Society, along with the National Weather Service, will host Severe Weather Awareness Day from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 26) at the Lubbock Science Spectrum (2579 S. Loop 289).

As spring in West Texas quickly approaches, severe weather preparation strategies will become increasingly more important. The event is free, and adults and children of all ages are encouraged to come learn the basics of severe weather.

The event will feature severe weather safety tips, guided tours of the National Weather Service, an OMNI Theater presentation of Storm Chasers and chances to win a variety of door prizes. KCBD meteorologist John Robison will be in attendance and available to offer advice and answers regarding severe weather.

Participants are encouraged to check out Texas Tech’s severe thunderstorm research vehicles and mobile Doppler radar. There will also be several hands-on weather experiments and a tornado simulator. Additionally, the National Weather Service will offer certified Storm Spotter training.

Attendants are invited to participate in “ask the experts” sessions by placing any weather-related questions in a fishbowl. Graduate students, faculty and other professionals in attendance will answer the questions throughout the day.

At 2:30 p.m., State Farm Insurance will present a check to John Schroeder, director of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center, to fund studies regarding wind hazards.

For more information about the event visit www.wind.ttu.edu.

CONTACT: Kelsey Seger, academic coordinator, Wind Science & Engineering Research Center, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3476 or kelsey.seger@ttu.edu.