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Fishel gets critical in museum forum

Posted April 18

Greg Fishel leads town hall discussion at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

How critical is critical thinking when it comes to the weather forecast?

Greg Fishel, chief meteorologist for WRAL, and Gary Lackmann, professor of atmospheric science at North Carolina State University, take a spirited dive into the arena of critical thinking within the context of meteorology.

The two will define and discuss critical thinking, and give examples of how it is important in the interpretation of weather and climate data and weather forecasting. They will explain why it is not just for scientists, and speculate as to how broader use of critical thinking could be beneficial to society. There might even be some humor thrown in at “critical” times to keep the atmosphere light!

This is the latest in a series of Science Cafe events in the Daily Planet Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

The event begins at 7 p.m. April 20. It is free and open to the public.


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  • Brody Clifton Apr 19, 2:43 p.m.
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    The good news: Sunday's trough will be 1. positive tilt 2. in a weakened/ing state. The bad news: Sunday we're getting a trough. Saturday looks kinda rough for north MS/AL into TN (broad surface low 1008 mb in TN with upper 70s temps south of warm front) under an 80kt westerly jet max.

  • Brody Clifton Apr 19, 2:18 p.m.
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    Severe storms with possibly a few tornadoes probable Saturday eastern AR/northern MS/western TN. Severe storms probable on Sunday for NC, tornado threat at this time is low (unknown to be more accurate.) Sunday's weather will need to be watched. Omaha NE is in a 10% tornado threat for today (Wednesday). Will know more details (tornado threat?) for Sunday in the coming days, esp by Saturday. spc.noaa.gov