The Edmond Sun

March 5, 2013

Free weather fair features storm chasers, meteorologists

National Tornado Summit coincides with family event


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Oklahoma families are invited to attend the first annual Weather Fair, a free event in conjunction with the National Tornado Summit. The event will be March 10 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City from 1-6 p.m.

“Here in Oklahoma, so many of us are fascinated with the weather,” said National Tornado Summit Co-Chairman John Wiscaver. “That’s why this is such a great event, especially for families. You can meet and learn from national and local weather experts, create a family safety plan and also have a lot of fun. And you can do it all without spending a dime.”

Whether it’s a front-row seat at a storm chasing seminar or a surreal moment inside the tornado simulator, there’s something for everyone at the Weather Fair. Meteorologists, storm chasers and emergency responders will take turns on the main stage, explaining their role in severe weather preparedness, mitigation and response and sharing dramatic storm videos. Presenters also will be available to answer questions, take pictures and sign autographs.

Attendees also can get an up-close look at the Dominator 2, a storm research vehicle that drives head-on into danger to gather crucial information about tornadoes. Its unique design offers protection from flying debris, hurricane-force winds and damaging hail. Storm chasing and disaster response vehicles will also be on display.

The Weather Fair also features a storm shelter giveaway sponsored by FlatSafe and weather radio giveaways sponsored by NOAA and Fox 25 through a partnership with Midwest Radio and Homeland. Winners must be present to collect their prize.

The Weather Fair also includes: face painting, weather experiments, a coloring station, a photo booth, cutting-edge weather products and an appearance by the Weather Superheroes.

Confirmed presenters include Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee, Discovery Channel meteorologist Reed Timmer, KFOR meteorologists Mike Morgan and Emily Sutton, KOCO meteorologists Damon Lane, Brad Sowder and Danielle Dozier, KWTV meteorogists David Payne, Jed Castles and storm chasers Val Castor, Marty Logan and James Menzies and Fox 25 meteorologists Jeff George and Jon Slater.