Are you ready for hurricane season? It’s all about preparedness. The Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science invited visitors to learn the science behind hurricanes and other powerful weather hazards at its popular annual event, “Feel the Force: Hurricanes and Other Hazards.” Held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, the eve of the first day of hurricane season (hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 30), over 1,000 visitors enjoyed weather–related actives and learned safety tips from the experts, with the help of sponsoring partners FIU International Hurricane Research Center, Miami-Dade County Emergency Management, and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT).
From a busload of actives with Weather on Wheels, to delicious fare courtesy of Cheeseburger Baby food truck, there was certainly something for kids of all ages. The Museum’s theatre hosted the world premiere of the new hurricane theater show, “A Hurricane Carol,” along with a special appearance by Owlie from NOAA’s Young Meteorologist Program, provided by PLAN!T NOW. Kids became TV meteorologists in the Hurricane Broadcast Center provided by Miami Dade College, and interacted with Tsunami Tim for a wave of entertainment and exciting weather science. Also in attendance were weather experts such as real Hurricane Hunters, Curt Sommerhoff of Miami-Dade County Emergency Management, Max Mayfield of WPLG Local 10 ABC, and Chris Landsea of the National Hurricane Center. Not to be missed were interactive demos and activities by the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, including the famous “Make a Cloud in a Bottle” demonstration, and interactive, disaster-themed storytime featuring characters from Miami-Dade Public Library.
Check out real footage from the event!
Don’t get caught in the storm this hurricane season! Be prepared for hurricane season. And stay tuned for Feel the Force 2015!