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Take a hands-on, immersive journey through the science of extreme weather!

Wild Weather Exhibit at the Air ZooWild Weather immerses visitors of all ages in the science of severe weather. Delve into current severe weather science, discover cutting edge technology and investigate the stories of scientists, forecasters and passionate enthusiasts. Visitors will leave the exhibition feeling like they have been saturated in severe weather elements.

The exhibition provides visitors an engaging and entertaining opportunity to explore the power and unpredictability of severe weather. Visitors will gain a better understanding of the science behind severe weather, its connection to climate change, emerging technologies and forecasting techniques. They will also hear the stories of people who are working to better understand these events and help mitigate the impacts of severe weather on communities, infrastructure and lives.

Upon entering the exhibition, visitors are drawn into the science behind tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, thunderstorms and severe winter storms through interactive exhibits, multimedia experiences, models and large-scale graphics. They experience what it s like to fly a research aircraft through a hurricane, view the destruction of tornadoes, follow turbulent cloud formations and lightning strikes, become a citizen scientist in the midst of a raging winter storm, and meet a researcher studying the force of wind in the lab.

Dance up a storm in Wild Weather

"We're thrilled to bring such an amazing exhibit to our community," says Troy Thrash, Air Zoo President & CEO. "The interactive experiences are incredible. In one section, guests can create and increase the strength of different types of storms through movement, and actually feel the wind, heat, and snow. Yes, it is going to be snowing inside the Air Zoo! There's a lot of fun and excitement waiting at the Air Zoo this summer."

Upon exiting Wild Weather, visitors explore different weather phenomena from around the world, common weather myths and have the chance to be "blown away" in a staged hurricane photo opportunity.

Tornado in Wild Weather at the Air ZooWild Weather truly offers something for everyone. From the very young, to the very old, this amazing exhibit provides the opportunity to connect with each other, and with the experience itself.

Wild Weather will be at the Air Zoo from May 19th through September 5th, and is included in the price of Air Zoo general admission. The Air Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call (866) 524-7966. To purchase tickets to the Air Zoo in advance, click HERE. We hope to see you soon!

Snow Cave in Wild Weather Exhibit at the Air Zoo
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