Featured Exhibits

The Views from Above

On the last stop of the journey to understanding the how and why of hurricanes, visitors disembark from a moving walkway and “into the light” where they can look at a swirling hurricane from above, rather than from underneath—a position of power through knowledge. Each of the discoveries they just experienced is depicted from this new vantage point, demystified and presented as a unified whole, removing the darkness of unawareness without diminishing the power and mystery of one of nature’s greatest phenomena.  

Hurricane Hunter Experience

In this section, visitors will enjoy a breathtaking, immersive ride on a simulated hurricane hunter flight, which can accommodate a group of 15-30 people at a time, and provide the thrilling feeling that you are in the cockpit, at the controls, and heading right into the eye of the storm and back out again. Seats move and shake, rock, and roll, as the imagery flies by, dissolving the boundary between reality and fantasy.

 

Predicting the Weather

A major focus of our Science Center is the past/present/future of meteorology, and the presentation of it here at the NHMSC will be comprehensive. 

Learning to Predict the Weather

Along three large walls are a series of tableaux, depicting three different eras of prediction, each showing a range of weather data-gathering equipment which feed into a large central video monitor. On the central monitors, different dramatic video presentations play that explain how, in each era in time, the data is/was synthesized into a “picture” of weather conditions, and then analyzed into a forecast. The overall message: With better and more accurate data, and with better and better prediction methods, man’s ability to “know” future weather improves.

 

Reporting Live!

In the Reporting Live! booth, young visitors can be the weather reporter in the storm, reading their report into the camera while the ferocious gale blows. Standing in front of the green screen, they read from the teleprompter or cue cards (or if they’re brave they can ad-lib), while friends and family watch the result on-screen, often with unexpected and sometimes hilarious results as buildings wash past the oblivious reporter or unusual objects hurtle past them. If they desire, DVD’s of their report can be taken home, for a nominal charge.

 

The Surge Wall

Visitors can have a first-hand, bodily understanding of the devastating height and power of storm surges by standing in the virtual path of one. A giant wall of floor-to-ceiling glass tubes (2-3 inches in diameter) will create the illusion. Visitors can select to experience the surge of hurricanes Camille, Audrey, Katrina, Rita, or Ike. Once they choose which historic storm they want, the glass tubes will swiftly fill with water at the same unimaginable levels of the storm surge of the chosen hurricane.

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A free webinar on hurricanes will be offered to grades 4 - 6 on May 10 at 10:30 a.m. EDT. Register here: https://t.co/ZKpVrB1SvT
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The NHC is changing the forecast cone to help you better understand the impact of a particular storm where you live. https://t.co/1cYhaPqYYD
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This animation by NASA follows Hurricane Isabel (2003) from its birthplace in East Africa, to the United States. https://t.co/YY29HKFBcq
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NOAA put 170 years of hurricane history into one interactive site. If you're really into maps, this is for you: https://t.co/pbGU6gzAwJ
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Here's 5 changes coming to the way the NHC reports on #hurricanes this season. https://t.co/Y6H1u1Zk00
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#DYK A hurricane makes “landfall” when its center, not its edge, crosses the coastline.
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