HRD scientists “Feel the Force” at the Miami Museum of Science

Eric Uhlhorn discusses hurricane science for the TV camera.

Eric Uhlhorn discusses hurricane science for the TV camera.

On Saturday, May 30th, AOML personnel participated in the Patricia and Philip Frost Miami Science Museum’s annual “Feel the Force” outreach program.  The one-day event drew over 1000 people who learned about preparing their homes and families to deal with disasters, especially hurricanes.  HRD scientists staffed the exhibit dedicated to explaining how scientists fly into storms to gather scientific data.  In addition to speaking to people about the experience of flying into tropical cyclones, they also took the opportunity to explain the latest innovations in technology being tested this season and how our work will benefit hurricane intensity forecasts.  In addition, the scientists granted media interviews and even led a team of children in the Museum’s “Wild and Crazy Weather Challenge”.

Gus Alaka points out the illustration of a NOAA P3 making a hurricane eye penetration

Gus Alaka and friend point out the illustration of a NOAA P3 making a hurricane eye penetration

Dr. Frank Marks checks the schedule of events.

Dr. Frank Marks checks the schedule of events.

Gus Alaka leads a winning team inte Wild and Crazy Weather Challange.

Gus Alaka leads a winning team in the Wild and Crazy Weather Challenge.