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February 18, 2014

Weatherfest features 'Weather Channel' star

After the record-breaking winter we’ve had so far, a lot of people probably have a lot of questions about the weather:

“Why has it been so cold this year?”

“Why is it colder here than in Russia at the Winter Olympics?”

“Are we going to have more cold weather or snow?”

“Does this mean we’re going to have a lot of tornadoes?”

On Saturday, at the fourth Rocket City Weather Fest, one of the most recognized Weather Channel meteorologists will be available to try to provide answers.

Dr. Greg Forbes, the Weather Channel’s severe weather expert, heads a lineup of local, regional and national weather experts including Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.; and Bob Baron, president/CEO of Baron Services.

The free event will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Shelby Center for Technology. It is held in conjunction with Alabama Severe Weather Week, which runs through Friday.

“The purpose of the event is to bring the community together to learn about weather and weather preparedness,” said Elise Schultz, Weather Fest co-chair and president of the Huntsville Area Professional Chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association, which is assisting with the event and hopes to become a joint sponsor. “It is a chance for the community to come together to learn about weather and make sure we are prepared. April 27 (2011) brought the attention of weather preparedness to the forefront for many. But with time, people forget. It's human nature.

“Our goal is to be an annual opportunity to establish and revisit your weather preparedness plan so you are able to react when storms head your way.”

Schultz said the program will also showcase the meteorological work here by NASA, the National Weather Service’s Huntsville office, UAH and UAH’s Earth System Science Center.

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