The Great Plains are home to some of nature's most powerful storms — the focus of this year's family-friendly weather festival Saturday on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus.
Activities run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include an afternoon training session for storm spotters. All events are free and open to the public.
“Each year we have a different slate of presentations, so it's always new and fresh,” said Ken Dewey, the UNL climatologist who helps organize the festival.
The morning starts with storm-chasing videos of 2012's most powerful storms.
Subsequent sessions will cover:
» The 1913 Easter tornado that devastated Omaha, including a showing of the documentary “Devil Clouds'' and a question-answer session with the film's producer.
» Perplexing small-scale extreme weather, such as wind that's stronger on one side of a building than another.
» Emerging use of aerial video, including film taken above Nebraska.
» Tours of a Doppler on Wheels truck, the mobile radar used to study tornadoes.
» Ways to get better weather photographs.
Dewey said the festival dovetails nicely with Saturday's Husker spring football game.
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