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Posted at 9:50 AM ET, 10/21/2010

Engage in weather & climate at DC WeatherFest

By Jason Samenow

Weather fair this weekend part of Science Festival

* Great weekend weather: Full Forecast | Fall on the Mall *

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Logos of organizations participating in the DC WeatherFest.

This weekend (October 23-24. 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.), a giant Expo marking the culmination of the nation's first national science festival takes place on the National Mall and surrounding areas. More than 1,500 interactive exhibits and 75 stage shows are planned, representing more than 500 organizations.

About 20 of these organizations are convening for the D.C. WeatherFest, which promises to engage visitors with activities and hands-on demonstrations exploring weather, water, and climate. Organizers are inviting everyone out to this first of its kind event locally, and especially students, teachers, retirees, boy/girl scouts and families.

The WeatherFest will occur in Mellon Auditorium, directly across from the National Museum of American History and two blocks from the Federal Triangle Metro Stop.

You can find a short description of a selection of the WeatherFest exhibits at USA Science and Engineering website. Some of the highlights include:

* The American Meteorological Society's "Become an Amateur Weather Forecaster!" exhibit features meteorologist Joe Witte from ABC7/TBD and the WeatherBug mascot.

* NOAA's booth allows you to be a citizen weather reporter and learn about the fascinating field of meteorology through hands-on weather activities.

* University of Maryland's Department of Atmospheric Science brings to you a hands-on climate lab demonstrating how our choices of materials, landscaping and colors affect the temperatures of our cars, houses and cities.

In addition to the weather activities, the Post's Going out Guide highlights some of other exciting activities to look forward to at this Festival:

Build an underwater robot, learn the secrets behind some of Harry Potter's magic, stare at the sun at a solar observatory or watch more than 50 stage shows at this scientific extravaganza geared toward tiny animal lovers, biologists in training, aspiring social scientists and all types of young thinkers in between.

The forecast this weekend looks great, so it will be great time to head down to the Mall and to learn about and engage in science.

By Jason Samenow  | October 21, 2010; 9:50 AM ET
Categories:  Education, Event, Science  
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Comments

Seems a little ironic that despite great weather they are holding it indoors.

Posted by: eric654 | October 21, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

eric654 - not everything will be inside. It is a large festival and you will find outdoor booths too!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 21, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

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