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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.
28 June 2011
Posted in WFTV Severe Weather Center 9
The following is the second of a three part series on wildfires...
High winds only serve to exacerbate the problem of wildfires due to its unpredictability and the fact that wind supplies oxygen to fuel the fire, further dry the fuels and push the fire to spread across greater distances. Did you know that wildfires alone can produce winds that are ten times stronger than the winds surrounding them? For this reason, fires are a formidable force.
Not only do high winds promote fire growth, the presence of a fire can actually increase wind speeds. These winds can throw embers into the air and spread them causing “spotting.” Not only that, but strong gusts can hurl the embers into tree tops creating a “crown fire.” For example, the Las Conchas wildfire in New Mexico is currently running, crowning and spotting up to a half mile from the head of the fire.
Here's a look at the Las Conchas fire from KRQE in New Mexico: