Storm Center

Feel, Touch and Understand The Powerful Forces Behind Today’s Weather.

Feel Science’s Impact On Weather

Grow your understanding of nature’s forces

Ever wondered how storms become so powerful and what it takes to protect our world against them? At Storm Center, you can experience the rush of hurricane force winds in a hurricane simulator, touch the vortex of a 10-foot tornado, explore weather related engineering challenges, generate a cloud, touch your hands to a plasma sphere and test construction against hurricane winds in FIU’s Wall of Wind.

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Hurricane Research

Experience The Powerful Forces Of Wind

See what It takes to survive a Category 5 storm

Based on Florida International University’s Wall of Wind exhibit, you can test your construction against a Category 1 – 5 storm. See what it takes for structures to survive and how we can build a better, and stronger, future.

    Be a Meteorologist

    Anchor The WSVN Weather Studio

    Test your prime time reporting skills

    Step in front of the camera and be a weather reporter broadcasting a live storm segment in the exhibit’s WSVN Weather Studios! Is it going to rain? Will it be a sunny day, you can tell your viewers what’s in the forecast.

      Touch a Plasma Ball

      Learn About High Voltage

      Florida is the lightning capital of the country

      Get hands-on with a plasma sphere and watch it light up! A lightning flash is caused by an electrical current, which heats the ordinary gas in the air up to a very high temperature and makes a glowing plasma column! And that’s what you’ll see as the lightning flash.

        Restore Power

        Role play as a decision maker “directing” FPL power restoration specialists who are working to restore power safely after a storm. Learn how FPL responds to hurricanes and gets the lights back on.

        What’s News? You Are!

        Step in front of the camera at MODS’ WSVN News Station and see what it’s like to be a real weather reporter.

        Hurricane Force

        Feel the intense rush of wind in a hurricane simulator

        Feel a Tornado

        Touch the vortex of a 10ft (2.5m) tall tornado!

        Touch the Clouds

        Try to make a perfectly circular cloud as you watch them soar into the sky

        Test Construction Readiness

        See what it takes for structures to survive hurricane force winds

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