Raleigh, NC | 2012
The Storm Central desk features three stations at which visitors can track a hurricane or make their own weather forecast. Each day live weather data is displayed along with helpful tips from WRAL meteorologist Greg Fishel. Visitors use this information to enter what they think the weather will be like the next day. Upon completing a forecast, visitors can then compare their forecast to WRAL’s.
The Tracking activity provides an introduction to the anatomy of a hurricane and explores the multitude of factors that contribute to their unpredictable nature. Greg Fishel keeps the visitor updated with a day by day report of the location and intensity of the storm. This information is then used to plot where the storm will hit next and whether it will increase or decrease in severity. This interactive demonstrates that, while tracking a hurricane can sometimes be difficult, gathering and sharing the most accurate data is crucial to keeping the public safe and informed.
Nearby, a model of a weather station shows how meteorologists collect data in the field. Using a touchscreen, you can bring up webcams and current weather conditions from five locations around the United States. The thermometer will show the correct temperature in Alaska, the humidity in Puerto Rico, the precipitation on Mount Washington in New Hampshire and the air pressure in Raleigh. A real wind gauge will even spin to show the wind speed and direction at each station. Here you can learn about the different instruments used to measure the weather and see some extreme weather right in front of your eyes.