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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.
27 June 2011
Posted in WFTV Severe Weather Center 9
Wildfires are a product of temperature, wind and moisture. High temperatures, high winds and low humidity are conditions that are of concern, especially to those in the West now. These are what can be called red flag conditions. Conditions like these contribute to intense fire behavior and rapid fire growth much like what has been seen recently with the Arizona and New Mexico wildfires.
High temperatures are what serve to induce the first spark to the fire. The ground, including plants, sticks and underbrush, absorbs radiant heat from the sun, which serves to heat and dry potential fuels. Warmer temperatures combined with low humidity or dry air allow for fuels to ignite and burn faster, adding to the rate that wildfires spread. For this reason, wildfires tend to rage in the afternoon, when temperatures are hotter. In New Mexico, the Las Conchas wildfire grew to cover over 43,000 acres in a little less than a day.
Note: This is the first in a three part article describing the recent wildfirs in the Western US and what causes wildfires in general. Check back for the second part on how wind adds to the dangerous mix.