Learn about weather and disaster preparedness and enjoy free admission to museum and battleship.

Family-friendly games, fun learning activities, large equipment, and enlightening speakers will highlight this big, one-day weather festival in Norfolk. Attendees will also enjoy free admission to the Nauticus Science Museum and Battleship Wisconsin.

The National Weather Association WeatherReady Fest will take place at the Nauticus Science Museum on the waterfront in downtown Norfolk on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission requires a free timed ticket that is available online.    

More information and a link to the ticket site is available on the festival website at www.weatherreadyfest.com. The tickets are free and are issued for specific hours to maximize the number of people that can visit.  

Kids will love building their own solar powered house, making a tornado in a bottle and playing fun weather games while they collect stamps on their very own WeatherReady Passports to earn cool weather stickers.  

Adults will love learning about making their homes hurricane resistant, how sea level rise could impact the Hampton Roads area and hearing from weather experts like Dr. Marshall Shepherd from WeatherGeeks and former National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read.  

Everyone will love seeing equipment like the new field vehicle from The Weather Channel and the Command Bus used by Norfolk Emergency Management, as well as watching the debut of the History of Stormchasing with filmmaker Blake Naftel. All of the high definition movies are free for attendees.  
 
Charles Dudley Warner said, “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” But here you will find all kinds of people who are doing something: meteorologists who study hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, and more—to help keep people safe.

Festival Chair and NWA Vice President Bill Murray said, “The perfect forecast has no value if the audience can’t act on it. WeatherReady Fest is designed to make exploring weather and preparedness fun and interesting.”

About the National Weather Association  

The National Weather Association, founded in 1975, is the largest organization of operational meteorologists with over three thousand members in government, private meteorology, broadcasting, and academia. To learn more, visit www.nwas.org or call us at 405.701.5167.