Saturday, March 7 marks the 9th annual Severe Weather Awareness Day, hosted by the Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society at Texas Tech University along with staff from the National Weather Service.

The first year this event took place it was held at Texas Tech, but after that they decided to branch out and do a little bit of outreach throughout the community so they partnered with the Science Spectrum, said James Nesmith, Administrative Manager at the Science Spectrum.

The event will take place this Saturday (March 7) only at the Science Spectrum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will feature: Hands-on, weather-themed activities; exhibits; displays; and information on the weather service.

In addition, there will be certification and storm spotter training, storm chasing vehicles, demonstrations and displays.

"We have this giant tesla that simulates lightning and static electricity," Nesmith said.

Listen to the entire interview with James Nesmith in the YouTube video player.

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