News 19’s Jason Simpson presents at Decatur’s Cook Museum


DECATUR, Ala. – The Weather Authority’s Jason Simpson will be at the Cook Museum of Natural Science Saturday morning.

As part of the museum’s Forces of Nature Fun Day, Jason gave two presentations to museum visitors – at 11 a.m. and noon.

“Tornadoes: Why They Happen and What Makes Them So Violent” will show where tornadoes come from, why north Alabama sees a lot of them, and how you can stay safe when the next one approaches your neighborhood.

Simpson says, “Knowledge is power,” and the more we know, the better prepared we’ll be in the event of something serious.

“Especially when it comes to weather, we want to be able to communicate clearly and for you to understand how I’m trying to tell you about the weather, you need to know a little something about it,” Simpson added, “So understanding the difference between a watch meaning something’s possible versus a warning, meaning it’s happening now, it’s critical so that we can be on the same page and make good decisions on protecting life and property,” Simpson told News 19.

Both presentations were filled with archived footage from News 19’s past weather broad casts, gadgets that helped Simpson explain all the “forces of nature,” and things he even used when he started studying meteorology.

In addition, there was a variety of hands-on activities, a craft station, a photo station, and a find & seek adventure through the exhibits.

Everything besides Jason’s presentations was open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and is free to museum members or included with the price of general admission.

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