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October 31, 2012

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences:

by Wendy Lovelady and Helen Chappell

Originally posted on NC Museum of Natural Sciences Exhibits Blog:

by Wendy Lovelady and Helen Chappell

What can a museum–a place generally associated with old, dusty stuff–tell you about the weather right now? Well, we do try to keep things as up-to-date as possible around here, but it’s hard to update traditional exhibits for one-time events (no matter how BIG those one time events might be).  The monster storm Sandy is pummeling the East Coast right now, so here are a few ways for you to think like a scientist during the storm.

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012

NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of Hurricane Sandy at 2:20 pm EST on October 29, 2012. At that time, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Sandy was located about 175 miles south-southeast of New York City and had maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour. Image courtesy NASA.

1. First let’s take a moment to appreciate the wind. Sandy’s swirling winds are mesmerizing…

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