Saturday, May 30, 2015

11am – 5pm

FREE Admission

Presented By: FIU’s International Hurricane Research Center, Miami-Dade County Emergency Management, and Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Join the conversation! #FrostHurricane

Kick off the start of hurricane season with engaging science activities and safety tips from the experts.

Science Up Close (Thursday) Event Flyer: Science Up Close May 28

Feel the Force (Saturday) Event Flyer: Feel the Force 2015

Science Up Close: Inside the Eye of the Storm

Thursday, May 28, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129)

Event Flyer: Science Up Close May 28

Feel the Force kicks off with the fourth installment of the Museum’s popular Science Up Close event series, an evening of casual science conversations, with this edition featuring Dr. Frank D. Marks, Jr., Director, Hurricane Research Division, NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory.

Inside the Eye of the Storm

Advances in the study and forecasting of hurricanes came about through scientific and technological improvements in our ability to observe different aspects of the storms using aircraft. Aircraft missions into hurricanes provide the basis for understanding hurricane structure and evolution. Technological advances in aircraft, instrumentation, and telecommunications over the last 20 years enables real-time transmission of all of these observations directly to the operational forecasters and into numerical models greatly increasing our ability to forecast hurricanes. Each of these technologies started as tools used by researchers flying into these storms in order to better determine a hurricane’s location, intensity, and structure. In order to increase the pace of forecast improvement NOAA developed the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project (HFIP) in 2008 whose goal is to decrease the error in forecast guidance for track and intensity by 20% in 5 years and 50% in 10 years. In order to achieve such and ambitious goal HFIP is pursuing a strategy to make better use of the aircraft observations to provide better initial analyses of the storm’s structure for the models to start from. 

Atmospheric scientists and disaster preparedness specialists will lead small group discussions following the presentation.

Guests will enjoy music by the Frost School of Music along with complimentary beverages by Wynwood Brewing Company.

Admission is free to the public but RVSP is required at http://bit.ly/ScienceUpCloseHurricane.

Feel the Force: Hurricane and Other Hazards

Saturday, May 30
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129)

*The Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm.


Event Flyer: Feel the Force 2015

Warning, dangerous science ahead! Activities by community partners include:

  • Meet the mascot Owlie from NOAA’s Young Meteorologist Program and see if you have what it takes to be a Meteorologist; provided by PLAN!T NOW.
  • Be a TV meteorologist in the Hurricane Broadcast Center; provided by Miami Dade College.
  • Interact with Professor Tinkermeister for a wave of entertainment and exciting weather science courtesy of Florida Division of Emergency Management.
  • Meet and greet with real Hurricane Hunters and discover the adventure of flying through a hurricane.
  • Challenge yourself to outsmart the experts, including Curt Sommerhoff of Miami-Dade County Emergency Management, Max Mayfield of WPLG Local 10 ABC News, and Carlos Castillo of American Red Cross.
  • Build a house and see if it can stand up against Category 5 winds at FIU’s mini Wall of Wind (WOW) exhibit and then chat with the wind engineers behind WOW.
  • Explore how forecasts are made and learn what is expected for this year’s hurricane season at Tropical Weather Briefings with experts from the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service.
  • Learn how to be prepared for any disaster, including hurricane evacuation zones, with Miami-Dade County Emergency Management and the American Red Cross.
  • Become part of the story with an interactive, disaster-themed storytime featuring characters from Miami-Dade Public Library.
  • Learn what to put in your handy hurricane folder with City National Bank as they show you which important documents shouldn’t get blown away.
  • Get ready for summer and hurricane season with rip current, water, and hurricane safety tips with Miami-Dade County Ocean Rescue Bureau and the American Red Cross.
  • Get your face painted with real weather symbols.
  • Explore how raindrops are formed with How the Weather Works.
  • Meet and greet with local and national mascots: FIU’s Roary, Florida Forest Service’s Smokey the Bear, and NOAA’s Owlie.

Limited parking available at the museum; additional complimentary parking will be available at La Salle High School (3601 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL, 33129). Shuttle service will be available from La Salle to the Museum.