WeatherFest Blowing Into Austin March 8

Local meteorologists, storm chasers, plus free kids' activities and film screenings for the entire family at the Bullock Museum

FEBRUARY 21, 2014 (AUSTIN, TX) - Get weather on your radar with a day of science and fun for the whole family during WeatherFest 2014 on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin. WeatherFest is a partnership between the museum and Time Warner Cable News Austin.

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.

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, latest storm-chasing vehicles and equipment, to creative activities for children including art and science projects.

WeatherFest Program Partners

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:

  • Local meteorologists from Time Warner Cable News Austin, KXAN and KEYE
  • Austin Fire Department
  • City of Austin Watershed Protection Department
  • Time Warner Cable CAMM - Connect a Million Minds
  • Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network (CoCoRaHS)
  • IBM
  • Lower Colorado River Authority
  • NOAA/National Weather Service
  • SouthCentral Texas AMS/NWA Chapter
  • West Texas Weather Modification
  • Texas Floodplain Managers Association
  • University of Oklahoma Meteorology Department
  • US Geological Survey

SCHEDULE

Texas Spirit Theater

10 a.m. 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.

12:30 p.m. 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 p.m. Ask a Meteorologist - Participating Austin-area meteorologists include organizer Burton Fitzsimmons (Time Warner Cable News Austin); and meteorologists from KXAN News, KEYE News and KOKE/UT.

2 p.m. Free Screening of Twister! - Followed by tornado Q&A.

Lone Star Plaza

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - See the University of Oklahoma's Shared Mobile Atmospheric Research and Teaching (SMART) radar truck deployed out front of the museum to offer a hands-on tour and get up close to the high-tech vehicles used by storm chasers.

Second Floor Lobby

All Day - 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 Girlstart and the Bullock Museum.

Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre

All Day - IMAX screenings of movies related to Texas weather - ticket prices apply. Tornado Alley 3D at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
IMAX Icons: Hurricane on the Bayou at 1:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin includes three floors of exhibitions, an IMAX® theater, a special-effects theater, café and museum store. The Museum collaborates with more than 700 museums, libraries, archives and individuals to display original historical artifacts and produce exhibitions that illuminate and celebrate Texas history and culture. Named for the state's 38th Lieutenant Governor, Bob Bullock, the iconic building is at 1800 N. Congress Avenue. For more, visit TheStoryofTexas.com or call (512) 936-8746.

Fun Family Activities

This press release is part of the WeatherFest 2015 Media Kit

Enjoy a day of science and fun for the whole family during WeatherFest at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin. WeatherFest is a partnership between the Museum and Time Warner Cable News Austin that includes free admission to the Museum and fun activities for children, such as hands-on science experiments, panel discussions, and family friendly art projects. Plus, meet your favorite meteorologist! View Media Kit