Schools & Educators

WeatherFest

Get weather on your radar and join us for the 3rd annual WeatherFest!

Saturday, March 8, 10am-3pm

The Bullock Museum and Time Warner Cable News Austin are pleased to host a day of science and fun for the whole family. Witness some of the world’s most dramatic natural events; meet local meteorologists and learn about their experiences in the field; test your ability to predict and survive severe weather with storm spotter training; and see storm-chaser vehicles at close range.

Bullock Texas State History Museum Time Warner Cable News

Special film screenings of Tornado Alley 3D, Hurricane on the Bayou, and Wild Texas Weather are planned throughout this event, which is great for adults and children of all ages. In addition to weather simulations, activities range from demonstrating sophisticated technological advances in weather science and forecasting, educator training, latest storm-chasing vehicles and equipment, to creative activities for children including art and science projects.

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For a complete list of activities arranged by location, please see below:

Texas Spirit Theater

10:00am

NOAA Basic SKYWARN Storm Spotter training workshop
Skywarn is a national volunteer program and this workshop is for anyone who wants to learn about how storms form and move in Central Texas. Learn how to safely identify and accurately report severe weather threats so that watches and warnings can be issued ahead of the threat. 

12:30pm

Screening of “Wild Texas Weather
Feel the wrath of Mother Nature at the Bullock Texas State History Museum's 4D film Wild Texas Weather. A gale-force, immersive theater presentation, this movie is packed so tight with energy, audiences will be blown away.

1:00pm

Ask a Meteorologist Panel:
Burton Fitzsimmons - Time Warner Cable News Austin
Jim Spencer - KXAN
Troy Kimmel - KOKE/UT

2:00pm

Free Screening of “Twister!” followed by tornado Q&A.
This 27-minute film recreates the events of the 1970 F-5 tornado that hit Lubbock, Texas. Produced by the Federal Defense Civil Preparedness Agency, it also includes interview with Lubbock residents and footage of the actual tornado destruction. Following the screening, Jon Zeitler, Science Officer-Meteorologist at the Austin/San Antonio office of the National Weather Service, will lead a discussion about tornado detection, doppler radar technology of the future, updated safety tips and cool weather apps.

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Grand Lobby

Learn more about how weather impacts the lives of all Texans with presentations by event sponsors Time Warner Cable News Austin and the Bullock Museum along with a variety of local and statewide organizations. Participating organizations include:

  • Advanced Radar Research Center, University of Oklahoma
  • Austin Fire Department
  • City of Austin Watershed Protection Department
  • Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network (CoCoRaHS)
  • Local meteorologists from Time Warner Cable News, KEYE, and KXAN
  • Lower Colorado River Authority
  • National Weather Center, Norman, OK
  • NOAA/National Weather Service
  • School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma
  • SouthCentral Texas AMS/NWA Chapter
  • Texas Division of Emergency Management
  • Texas Floodplain Managers Association
  • US Geological Survey

2nd Floor Lobby

Want to know how a tornado forms, what is so important about the water cycle, or how the weather has changed Texas history? Learn about these topics and much more with activities especially for families with children ages 4 and up provided by provided Girlstart, Central Texas Discover Engineering and the Bullock Museum.

IMAX Theatre

IMAX screenings of movies related to Texas weather - ticket prices apply.  Check showtimes and purchase tickets below:

Lone Star Plaza

Learn more about storm chasing and get up close to the vehicles that make it possible. Climb aboard the University of Oklahoma's Shared Mobile Atmospheric Research and Teaching (SMART) radar truck and see what a storm looks like from the inside out with a hands-on tour.

Watch Austin Fire Department’s Swift Water Rescue Team demonstrate how they save lives during flash floods, and check out their rescue boat.

Learn how to measure a flood’s impact and see a model of one in action at the U.S. Geological Survey’s exhibit.