WeatherFest this weekend

February 22nd, 2012 at 9:02 am by under Weather

It’s Texas Severe Weather Awareness week. Here’s a great event this weekend for anyone who loves or has an interest in weather!

Courtesy: Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

WeatherFest at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Get blown away by Texas Severe Weather Awareness Week at the Bullock Museum with a full day of weather science and fun for the whole family.

Get an up close look at some of the world’s most dramatic natural events and the science behind them during a free, 10am screening of Hurricane on the Bayou in the IMAX® Theatre. Learn about the science behind predicting the weather and experiences in the field from a local meteorologist.* Test your ability to predict and survive severe weather with activities presented by Girlstart, emergency preparedness teams, and more.

Finally, don’t miss the Museum’s original multimedia presentation in the Texas Spirit Theater, Wild Texas Weather, which explores the fascinating phenomenon of tumultuous weather in the Lone Star State, both past and present.

This is a free public program. Regular exhibit and film admission prices apply (except for the free 10am screening of Hurricane on the Bayou)

*Teachers may earn CPE hours by attending the meteorology lecture.

The National Weather Service will also be on hand with two Skywarn severe weather training sessions. The basic session goes from 10- 11:30 a.m. The advanced session starts at 12:30 p.m.

The Austin-San Antonio National Weather Service Office offers Skywarn severe weather training throughout year. Most Skywarn trainings are conducted in the Spring to coincide with severe weather season and allow citizens, first responders, emergency management, amateur radio operators, and volunteer organizations the opportunity to learn about severe weather preparedness and safety. Published trainings are all open to the general public.

After training is complete, usually 1.5 hours for the BASIC training, you will be an official weather spotter for the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service will count on you to be our “eyes” out in the field, when trying to verify severe weather across South Central Texas. With 33 counties under the jurisdiction of the Austin-San Antonio National Weather Service, it becomes very important to verify and accurately determine where severe weather is occurring. Real time reports to our office can save lives and property. Post storm reports can help help us find severe weather damage, tornado tracks, and verify severe weather warnings.

Skywarn training is now also offered online. This online training can be found at This online training should only be used to supplement what is taught at a local NWS Skywarn training. Attendance at a local NWS Skywarn training is highly encouraged. Besides learning about severe weather topics specific to South Central Texas, procedures for reporting severe weather to the local Austin-San Antonio National Weather Service Office are also covered.

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