The next 7 days promises to be great here in Alabama. I am going to attend several events within the next week that I am excited to go to. So let’s get started!
Susan B Komen Race for the Cure
The 20th anniversary of the Race for the Cure is on Saturday October 15 in downtown Birmingham. Breast cancer has affected many people around the world and this is going to be a huge crowd event on Saturday morning. In 2010 they had over 16,000 participants at the Komen North Central Alabama Race for the Cure® and raised over $1 million in the fight against breast cancer! So I look forward to this event.
NWA 2011 Weather Fest
On Saturday after The Race for the Cure is the Weather Fest Event at the Mcwane Science Center. This will be one of the largest public weather events in the nation! Excited already; here is the info from the http://www.nwa2011.com
Get ready for a wide-range of activities for kids including a tornado machine. Static displays will include a two Doppler on Wheels, the TIV2 from the StormChasers television show, a mobile wind profiler, the Fox 6 StormTracker, and a mobile command post from the Jefferson County Emergency Management. There will even been a teathered weather balloon.
I’m really excited that Fox 6 will be programming weather radios along with the National Weather Service and Midland Radio. ABC 33/40 and CBS 42 will have a green wall display for kids to do their own weathercast. We’ll also have talks from meteorologists around the country including some of the nation’s leading tornado researchers. Gary Dobbs from WAAY-TV in Huntsville will talk about surviving an EF5 tornado, Jerry Tracey from Alabama’s 13 will discuss his station’s coverage of April 27th’s outbreak, and Dan Satterfield from WHNT in Huntsville will discuss his travels to the Antarctica and Greenland.
I’m also excited several universities will be present with information about their meteorology programs including the University of South Alabama, Mississippi State University, and UA Huntsville.
The best news – the event is free. If you are interested in a bit more – our host the McWane Science Center is offering a discounted admission. Inside – you can meet Stormchaser and IMAX film maker Sean Casey, watch the April’s Fury documentary, and play inside the Fox 6 WeatherLab. The featured IMAX film is Tornado Alley.
WeatherFest runs from 10am to 2pm at the McWane Science Center in Birmingham.
Rick and Bubba show
A popular radio duo here in Birmingham and heard around the South East USA and on Satellite Radio is where I will be at on Tuesday October 18. They invite several people each weekday morning to attend the show in golden ticket seats! So I got a ticket and will be there that morning. These guys are very talented and do a very good job. So it will be a good time.
NWA 2011 Town Hall Meeting
I have been invited to attend this event on Tuesday October 18. After the April, 27 2011 super tornado outbreak that killed around 250 people. This event has been designed to help make the warning process better. So I am looking forward to this
On Tuesday evening of the Annual Meeting, two hundred scientifically chosen people who were in Central Alabama on April 27th will be present in the ballroom at the Wynfrey Hotel. Social scientists Dr. Laura Myers and Kim Klockow are preparing a set of research interview questions about the warning process, preparedness and response. Dr. John Scala will facilitate as Laura and Kim lead a focus group on the stage of ten people that are a subset of the two hundred local people. The goal will be to solicit subjective data about the warning process and severe weather. The other 190 audience members that will be equipped with audience response devices. As subjects are covered, the scientists will turn to the audience members to get objective statistics to important research questions. At the same time, Dr. Scala will moderate color commentary from a panel of weather enterprise experts, including NWS, EMs, broadcasters, academcians and school administrators. The rest of the audience will be made up of NWA attendees. It will be a superb opportunity to listen to survivors of one of the worst tornado outbreaks in United States history and to watch scientific data being gathered in real time. Make sure to plan to be present Tuesday evening.
The April 27 super tornado outbreak killed around 250 people. This event is great so we can gather information on how to get the warning out faster to save lives!
These events along with a huge job fair in Pelham, AL on October 18 and the High School Football games tonight sure to make this a week to remember. Look for photos and videos of all of these events over the next few weeks here on Young’s Blog.