This community service event, sponsored by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds and Duke Energy, is designed to heighten awareness, increase preparedness and encourage families to explore the science of weather. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
Talk to meteorologists from Time Warner Cable News, WECT and WWAY—and deliver your own forecast in front of the green screen! National Weather Service will show off its five-foot-tall cyclone simulator. Explore convection with a water-mixing experiment, blow objects away with an AirZooka, inflate a balloon with heat, make it rain, and crush a can with air pressure! Discover world weather on the Museum’s Magic Planet and make weather tools you can use at home. Cool off with Kona Ice. Win great prizes!
Get your weather radio programmed. Discover local resources for severe weather preparedness, response and recovery. Train to be a National Weather Service Skywarn Storm Spotter. Weather radios will be for sale for $23.95 in the Museum Store and WECT representatives can program it for you while you wait.
Representatives from the local chapter of the American Red Cross, A.R.E.S Amateur Radio, New Hanover County Emergency Management, New Hanover County Public Library, Senior Resource Center, Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Catastrophe Readiness will be located throughout the Museum to discuss hurricane preparedness and offer tips on keeping your family safe during severe weather.
10:30-11:00—Hazel, Hugo, and Floyd: Lessons We Learned (Eric Davis, WECT)
11:30-12:00—Social Media and Weather: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly… (Gary Stephenson, Time Warner Cable News)
12:30-1:00—North Carolina Storms: The Big Ones (Jerry Jackson, WWAY)
1:30-2:00—Meteorologist/Emergency Management Panel Discussion
2:00-3:00— SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training
4:00-5:30—FILM: This Time Next Year (Special advance screening)
This Time Next Year tracks the resilience of the Long Beach Island, NJ community for one year as they rebuild after 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. Using a mixture of verité, first-person accounts, and the residents’ own footage This Time Next Year is a poetic documentation of a shore community as they battle local politics, cope with personal tragedy, and band together in the face of transition. (90 min)
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday; Memorial Day through Labor Day. Normal admission rates are $7 for adults; $6 for students, seniors and military with valid ID; $4 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under. Museum members are admitted free. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. The Museum is located at 814 Market Street in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.