The William M. Staerkel Planetarium has added a talk to this season's "World of Science" lecture series.
WOS talks are usually held on the first Friday of the month, but on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m., meteorologist Andrew Pritchard will present "Chasing Tornadoes!" As with all World of Science lectures, admission is $2 at the door.
A Champaign-Urbana native, Pritchard will take the audience on a journey through the turbulent Midwest, where violent thunderstorms roam the plains during the spring and summer. He will examine local tornado climatology, when and where they are most likely to form, and how residents can keep prepared for them. He will "let the sky do a lot of the talking," showing some of the most riveting tornado video footage of the last decade, some shot by Pritchard himself in central Illinois.
Pritchard's passion for tornadoes started early, and he has spent the last 15 years roaming the rural Midwest in search of them. He was mentored by Champaign-Urbana's own Ed Kieser before pursuing degrees in earth sciences and meteorology from Parkland College and Northern Illinois University. He returned home and started "Chambana Weather," with the goal of keeping Champaign-Urbana and surrounding communities weather-aware. When he is not forecasting the weather, he is out in the open experiencing it.
Following Pritchard’s talk, the Staerkel Planetarium will premiere a brand new fulldome program, Dark Matter Mystery
. Tickets for regular planetarium programming range from $5 to $6. A full schedule can be found online at www.parkland.edu/planetarium
or by calling 217/351-2446.