Miami Science Museum remembers Hurricane Andrew on anniversary

Twenty years after Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida on Aug. 24, 1992, Miami Science Museum is hosting a day of remembrance and activities through its event “Hurricane Andrew Remembrance Day.” Event sponsors are State Farm, Florida International University (FIU), and WLRN Public Radio and Television.

“Hurricane Andrew Remembrance Day” will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and feature the following:

Planetarium Show: “Remembering Andrew Under the Stars,” 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be two showings of this presentation, which includes WLRN stories, at the museum’s planetarium. This special presentation of WLRN’s Remembering Andrew radio program will be presented in its entirety in the museum’s planetarium, with the stars “dialed” back to August 24, 1992.

Hurricane Forecasting Then and Now Panel Discussion, noon-12:45 p.m. Frank Marks, director of the HRD, and Chris Landsea, science and operations officer with the National Hurricane Center, will make five-minute presentations and conduct a Q&A session.

Hurricane Andrew Remembered: 1:30-2:15 p.m. The following acclaimed hurricane experts will share their Hurricane Andrew experiences: Max Mayfield, former hurricane specialist and director of the National Hurricane Center, now hurricane consultant on WPLG Channel 10–Miami; Stan Goldenberg, survivor and hurricane researcher at NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division (HRD), and Bryan Norcross, former meteorologist with WFOR Channel 4–Miami and presently on The Weather Channel.

The Aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, 3-3:45 p.m.

Kate Hale, former director of Miami- Dade Emergency Management, and Richard Ford, Salvation Army Disaster Relief Team, will share their post- Hurricane Andrew experiences.

Theater Video Presentations: Andrew Specials, 11:20 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 2:20 p.m., and 3:50 p.m. These will include footage from WTVJ NBC 6, The Weather Channel, and others, covering Andrew before, during and after the storm struck.

Tropical Weather Briefings at the Magic Planet, 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 2:45 p.m. Visitors can hear about the current state of the tropics by a meteorologist.

Kids’ Activity Stations: These will include a hurricane spin-up activity, create a hurricane competition, etc.

Community Involvement Activities: Visitors can tell their Andrew stories, write their experiences on cards to be placed on a pin-up board; kids can draw their own Hurricane Andrew, etc.

Cost is free with paid museum admission.

Miami Science Museum is located at 3280 S. Miami Ave. The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is free for MiaSci members and children under 3; students (with valid ID), seniors (62+) and children 3-12 are $10.95; adults are $14.95. Parking is free.

For more information on “Hurricane Andrew Remembrance Day,” visit online at www.MiamiSci.org

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