IN OKLAHOMA, IT PAYS TO LOOK UP!
“If you don't like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it'll change.” – Will Rogers
From blizzards, tornadoes, hailstorms, sixty-plus mile-an-hour winds and drought, the state experiences a broad range of weather phenomena. Smack in the middle of Tornado Alley, Oklahomans have a unique understanding of extreme weather.
Create your own fog, make a ring vortex, or watch a tornado form right in front of your eyes, then use your hands to disrupt the tornado. If it were only that simple in nature! Make your own lightning bolts at the Van de Graaff Generator.
Have you ever dreamed of doing your own weather forecast? You can, in the Select A Sky weather studio. Using the same blue-screen technology as the nightly weather report on your local news station, you can put yourself in the center of the action!
DID YOU KNOW?
In our tornado simulator, you can experience an F-1 tornado; the weakest on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale which rates the intensity of a tornado. Can you imagine an EF-5 tornado with sixteen times the energy? Can you begin to comprehend the true power of Mother Nature!
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
No matter how hard we try, we just can’t control the weather. That doesn’t stop meteorologists, scientists and engineers from trying to develop new technology to help with weather predicting. After all, the more accurate the prediction, the more prepared people can be. No one knows this best better than Oklahomans, especially when forewarning can save lives.
This exhibit allows you to explore the science behind a variety of weather-related topics, including the Coriolis Effect, storm formations and the Earth’s effect on our weather patterns and the seasons.
How does wind create sand dunes? Why do tornadoes and hurricanes rotate counterclockwise? What do smoke rings and tornadoes have in common? Why do we experience seasons? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Eye On the Sky.