I recently had the privilege to discuss tornadoes and tornado safety at Science Museum Oklahoma. First, if you haven't been the Museum yet you are missing out! It is a wonderful facility filled with everything a science geek like me could possibly want; it's also tons of fun for non-science geeks. The staff was professional, friendly and fun. You could easily spend hours inside there on a lazy Saturday afternoon, but I digress.
I spent most of my presentation talking about the basics of weather Watches and Warnings, tornado safety precautions – especially for children, the dangers of riding out a tornado in a vehicle or mobile home and even had time to quell some tornado myths. My favorite part, as it always is, was the question and answer segment at the end. I have to say, the kiddos were pretty sharp! I was even thrown a few curve ball questions that I wouldn't expect from kids in elementary school. I was asked how long ice bergs can last, the difference between tornado winds and microburst winds and the ever popular "what was your craziest experience in SkyNews9 HD". To this day, it's still the May 10, 2010 tornado outbreak.
Now that we are in the month of May, everyone needs to be alert of the weather 24/7. May averages 21.7 tornadoes here in Oklahoma, the most out of any month of the year. News 9 has never been as equipped as we are now to get weather alerts out to the public on just about every mobile platform imaginable, but it will all fall on deaf ears if you don't do you part to stay weather aware! I commend Oklahomans for their weather attentiveness, and often joke that all Okies have their Minor in Meteorology. You make our job easier by keeping a cool, level head during intense, severe weather situations.
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