February 7, 2017 – Originally published in The Record
A short video now playing at the Waterloo Region Museum illustrates some of the wrath wrought by Mother Nature in the local area over the past 135 years, with photos of flooding from as far back as 1883 in New Hamburg.
Combined with analysis by weather experts, it’s a complementary addition to Wild Weather, an exhibition on display from Science North until April 29.
“This is our largest exhibit that we do every year,” said the regional museums’ manager/curator, Adèle Hempel.
Following up on last year’s dinosaurs proved challenging, but with extreme temperatures, weather warnings and a greater focus on emergency preparedness, what’s going on in the outdoors is top of mind, she said.
It’s also a topic the museum hasn’t really dealt with before.
“We thought for all of these reasons that this was a very cool topic and something kids and everybody needs to learn about,” she said.
The interactive exhibit is spread out over 5,000 square feet in the museum’s temporary exhibit gallery on the main floor and features multimedia experiences for all ages.
“There’s a whole section on hurricanes,” Hempel pointed. “You can fly a plane into the eye of the storm.
“You can ask scientists some questions over here, or you can go into a cabin over there where you can actually consider what happens when you get holed up and basically stuck there for three days.”
The kitchen area includes all the supplies you’d need if you couldn’t get to a store for 72 hours, Hempel said.
“So there’s many different ways to explore weather.”