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July 13 - August 3, 2014



Storm Trackers/Family Fun Day

See how scientists at the National Weather Service forecast and communicate our weather and track storms across the New York metropolitan area. Visit the Lab’s Science Learning Center to discover basic scientific theory using magnets, mirrors, and more! Play a part in the “Super Scientific Circus.” Be captivated by Red’s Recycle-O-Rama.”

Facility Visits

The Science Learning Center

Discover Science at the Science Learning Center where you can see in 3-D; drive a Mars Rover; experience interactive exhibits that demonstrate basic scientific principles.

Bus tickets available at the Berkner Hall Reception Desk. Buses leave every 15 minutes; last facility visit begins at 3 p.m.

The National Weather Service

Visit the forecast office where weather is predicted for New York City, Long Island, the lower Hudson Valley, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut. See Doppler weather radar, which is used to issue tornado, severe thunderstorm, and flash flood warnings. You can also see weather instruments used to observe weather changes and a satellite broadcast network dish.

Meet National Weather Service meteorologists; emergency preparedness staff from the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross. Meet members of the American Meteorological Society and volunteers of our National Weather Service Skywarn amateur radio team along with others.

Bus tickets available at the Berkner Hall Reception Desk. Buses leave every 15 minutes; last facility visit begins at 2:45 p.m.


Science Talks

12:30 p.m.
3 p.m.

“Energy, CO2, Climate, and YOU!”

Science Education Center Auditorium (No tickets needed)
Presented by Stephen E. Schwartz, Senior Scientist, Environmental Sciences Division

11 a.m.
2 p.m.

“Communicating with the National Weather Service”

Science Education Center Auditorium
Presented by Lauren Nash, Intern, NWS
Learn about the different products and services provided by the National Weather Service and how meteorologists are using different ways to communicate weather information with the general public. Also learn how you can help the National Weather Service by providing them weather that occurs right in your own backyard.

No tickets needed.

3:30 p.m.

Weather Balloon Launch

National Weather Service Bldg. NWS1
Witness the 3:30 p.m. launching of a radiosonde weather instrument via a weather balloon! Launch site located adjacent to the Weather Service offices.

Buses leave from Berkner Hall beginning at 3 p.m.



12 noon
1:30 p.m.
3 p.m.

“Red’s Recycle-O-Rama” Show

Berkner Hall Auditorium
Be sure to arrive early as the auditorium fills quickly!

No tickets needed.

11 a.m.
12 noon
2 p.m.
3 p.m.

Super Scientific Circus

Brookhaven Center
Science can be fun and funny. Join Trent the Mime and Mr. Fish to learn the science behind their amazing circus tricks!

Tickets available at Berkner Hall. Buses departs Berkner 15 minutes before show start.

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