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“Chasing Tornadoes: It’s not what you think!”
Meteorologist Andrew Pritchard will discuss local tornadic activity during the next James B. Kaler science lecture at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium.
Pritchard’s talk, “Chasing Tornadoes and the December 1st Central Illinois Tornado Outbreak,” will take place Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 at the door with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free of charge.
A storm chaser himself, Pritchard has dazzled audiences with tornado video footage over the last couple of years. This past December, the state of Illinois saw its largest December tornado outbreak ever, the third largest in state history. Pritchard, who had forecasted the Dec. 1 event well in advance, witnessed six different tornadoes that day, including the photogenic Beardstown tornado.
His talk will feature firsthand commentary and video of the December tornado outbreak in central Illinois. In addition, he will talk about local tornado climatology and tornado safety.
JAMES B. KALER SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES
On the first Friday of the month at 7 pm, the Staerkel Planetarium becomes a forum for a local scientist to discuss his or her specialties.
All audiences are welcome! Admission is only $2 at the door. Teachers, group leaders, invite your classes!
The series was named for UIUC astronomer Jim Kaler, who gave his time to speak in our series every year for over 20 years.