Feel the Force: Hurricanes and other Hazards

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We are now officially in hurricane season, and the Museum’s Feel the Force: Hurricanes and Other Hazards event was a chance to experiment with weather instruments, meet real hurricane hunter pilots, remember the tragedy and survival of Hurricane Andrew, and learn how we can be better prepared for future hurricanes. The event was supported by a wide range of community organizations and partnerships, and we would especially like to thank our sponsor, FIU’s International Hurricane Research Center, in partnership with Miami-Dade Emergency Management, for another successful year of hurricane preparedness to kick-start the 2013 hurricane season. It was a whirlwind event! Here’s just some of what happened:

Max Mayfield of WPLG-Channel 10 and Curt Sommerhoff of Miami-Dade Emergency Management, went over Hurricanes 101 and hurricane safety… Ron Magill of Zoo Miami discussed the story behind the photos of the old Metro Zoo before, during, and after Hurricane Andrew, in a riveting story of loss and hope… Visitors met real Hurricane Hunters at our P-3 cockpit, and discussed hurricane forecasting at our Magic Planet with scientists from NOAA, the National Hurricane Center, and the National Weather Service–Miami… Kids had a blast learning all about weather and doing fun hands-on demonstrations with Tsunami Tim and Mike Mogil’s How the Weather Works… Miami-Dade Ocean Rescue taught us about water safety and rip currents (swim parallel to the shore until you do not feel resistance)… Using the same software from our Smithsonian Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos program, our techie visitors were able to process images of famous past hurricanes, and recreate hurricane animations in our Best Buy Teen Tech Center… and more!

Keep safe this hurricane season, and we’ll see you next year at our Feel the Force event!

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