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How many times have you said to yourself “I can predict the weather better than those guys can”? Well, now’s your chance. At the WFTV Severe Weather Center 9, you can become a meteorologist for the day and show “those guys” how it’s really done!
Located within the exhibit Our Planet, Our Universe, the Weather Center is a working replica of the actual set used on WFTV’s weather forecasts. You’ll learn how to put a weather forecast together using all of the tools a meteorologist uses. Then, when your forecast is ready, you can practice delivering it in front of a green screen – putting you right in the action as WFTV’s newest chief meteorologist! Take a look at some of the great stations you’ll be working with…
- Introduction: WFTV Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry and his team have put together a series of videos that bring the profession to life. You’ll see what a day in the life of a meteorologist is really like, learn about careers in the field and even see how Doppler radar works.
- Weather Basics: As you pass through the exhibit, the first stop is the weather basics wall. Here, Tom and his team explain what weather is all about – from cold fronts to rainbows and describe just what makes some of our weather severe.
- Current Conditions: See what the weather is like outside the Science Center using WFTV’s forecasting equipment located right on our roof!
- Create Your Own Forecast: Choose from a variety of weather conditions and have the WFTV team report your forecast.
- Report Your Own Forecast: Now that you’ve had the training and seen the experts, it’s time to do a forecast of your own! Stand in front of a green screen and report the weather just like the pros while your family watches you on TV!
In a city like Orlando, where weather is so important to how we live, the WFTV Severe Weather Center 9 will give you everything you need to know about how the weather happens and how the experts bring it to you.
12 July 2012
Posted in WFTV Severe Weather Center 9
While Florida is no stranger to scorching summer heat, heat waves can be extremely dangerous to humans, animals and even plants. We thought we’d share with you some awareness information so that you can be better prepared should a heat wave occur.
What is a Heat Wave?
A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity, with very little air movement to help cool things down.
Why are Heat Waves Dangerous?
During heat waves, the human body is pushed beyond its limits. Under normal conditions, the body's internal thermostat produces perspiration that evaporates and cools the body. However, in excessive heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.
By being conscious of the signs, you can recognize heat-related illness before it gets serious.
Muscle pains and spasms caused by heavy exertion, which triggers loss of water through heavy perspiration. These usually involve the muscles of the abdomen or legs. Heat cramps are usually an early sign that the body is having trouble with heat.
Typically involves the loss of body fluids through heavy sweating during strenuous physical activity or physical labor in high heat and humidity. Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion.
Heat Stroke (also known as Sunstroke)
A life-threatening condition in which a person’s temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself. Signs of heat stroke include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature.