Time Warner Cable News and the Bullock Texas State History Museum proudly present WeatherFest 2015. This FREE event takes place Sunday, Feb. 1 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue.

Texas is known for its powerful storms! Lightning, hail, strong winds, flash floods and occasional twisters show up in the spring season across the Lone Star State. It's our severe weather season, and it typically starts in March, then peaks by May. That said, storms can develop any time of the year around here.

WeatherFest 2015 is a FREE, family friendly event that's all about Texas weather — both good and bad.

Come meet the TWCN weather team and our partners who want your family to become STORM READY. You'll get a chance to "talk weather" with the meteorologists you see on 'Weather on the 1s,' ask a panel of experts your weather questions and take photos with some of your favorite forecasters.

Look for a briefing to include the spring forecast by TWCN Chief Meteorologist Burton Fitzsimmons, an update on El Nino from LCRA Meteorologist Bob Rose and a presentation on severe weather hazards of Texas by NOAA Meteorologist Paul Yura.

From noon til 3 p.m., attendees can explore fun science experiments and hands-on demonstrations by GirlStart, as well as get a chance to check in with nearly a dozen WeatherFest 2015 exhibitors. When the next flash flood hits — and you know it will — Austin Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue team is prepared to take to the waterways. They'll demonstrate some of their equipment. TexAnna Tadpole tells all, young and old, to "Turn Around, Don't Drown!" when water flows over roadways, and she'll likely encourage students to participate in the City of Austin's annual flash flood poster contest. The goal? Visualize the theme "Turn Around, Don't Drown!" The prize? You might find yourself taking a ride in a swift water rescue boat.

While we're on the theme of flooding, the city's flash flood simulator offers a chance to interact with flood waters and visualize their incredible power. By the way, did you know the weather is driven by the sun? Come safely see our star through a special solar filter with guidance from the Austin Astronomical Society — weather permitting, of course. And you'll definitely want to see what NOAA brings to the table — literally. It's a tabletop tornado, and you'll be able to watch it form right in front of your eyes. We want to prepare, not scare. Severe weather is our most frequent type of natural disaster. The good news? You can learn how to keep ahead of most storms and be ready for those that pop up out of thin air.

There's a bonus: This year's WeatherFest falls on FREE First Sunday, so attendees can enjoy FREE admission to the Bullock Museum's exhibits all day.

Storm chasers are invited to park and show off their chase vehicles in the free state parking lot immediately across Congress Avenue to the west of the museum.

For complete schedule and more WeatherFest info, please visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum's website.

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