Explore the untamed forces of nature that impact the world around us. Our new exhibit, Wild Weather, opens Feb. 23.

Wild Weather is a 6,000 square-foot exhibit designed to immerse and engage visitors of all ages in the science of severe weather.

From hurricanes to blizzards, tornadoes to severe heat, this exhibit provides visitors with unique opportunities to explore severe weather: tag along aboard a research flight through a hurricane, witness the power of tornadoes, follow turbulent cloud formations and lightning strikes, become a community scientist in the midst of a raging winter storm, and meet a researcher studying the force of wind in the lab.

Through these unique experiences, you will discover how emerging technologies and recent scientific discoveries are improving our ability to forecast severe weather and enhancing our awareness of global weather phenomena.

The exhibit is divided into key themed areas, each containing a mix of experiments, challenges, models, computer interactives, multimedia experiences, and full-scale images.

Explore Wild Weather with the following interactive areas:

Tornadoes are among our planet’s most unpredictable forms of weather. In this zone, track tornadoes using the most up-to-date technology, discover the inner workings of this fierce form of weather, experiment with mini-tornadoes, and explore the atmospheric conditions that spawn these destructive storms. The centerpiece of this zone is a large tornado sculpture that features videos, special effects and amusing surprises.

From a light roll to a loud clap of thunder, experience the sights and sounds of a thunderstorm like never before. Discover firsthand how lightning forms as you examine the amazing convective power of thunderstorms. You’ll also learn how damaging winds, hail, and heavy rain contribute to a severe thunderstorm’s ferocity.

Move across the floor and dance up a storm! As you create movement, energy is added into the system, provoking storm elements. As the storm grows, you’ll come to understand the power of severe weather and how it can affect people’s everyday lives.

Step into a cottage-like setting where a severe winter storm has left you totally snowed in. Check the weather forecast on the TV and weather radio, manipulate the rate of snowfall to observe the results out the cottage “window,” and become a community reporter to share your observations from the home weather station. You’ll also search the cottage for emergency supplies and learn what you would need to survive the next 72 hours in the storm.

From destructive winds and heavy rainfall to damaging storm surges, you’ll examine the devastating power of hurricanes. Discover how these storms form and are forecasted, then take the trip of a lifetime on a virtual research flight right through the eye of a hurricane, meet a hurricane researcher, and investigate why scientist are predicting more intense and frequent hurricanes in the future.

In this zone, things are heating up! Discover how heat waves form and how scientist are working to better understand this deadliest form of weather. Learn how you can help prevent heat-related illness and investigate the dramatic effects of drought on our water systems and landscapes.

Did you know NASA studies space weather as well as weather on Earth? Explore extreme weather in our solar system and beyond in a special add-on experience, only at Space Center Houston. Discover NASA satellites and other technology used to study the Earth and help us gain a better understanding of our how our planet works and how it’s changing.

Ready to brave the storm? Face nature’s fury in our new spring exhibit, Wild Weather, today!

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Wild Weather is a production of Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada in association with Ontario Science Centre.

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