It’s a Twister, Dorothy!

It’s a Twister, Dorothy!

Campo Tornado, Oklahoma, 2010 (©Willoughby Owen)


I have always been something of a weather junkie: Tell me a major snowstorm is coming and I’m glued to the TV and pinned to the remote, surfing channels to see what area has gotten the most catastrophic snowfall. Superstorm Sandy was a tragedy, without question, but still, who can forget the dramatic image of seeing the Seaside Heights, NJ roller coaster, still standing erect after being swept into the Jersey Shore? And so, when I got a press release for the opening of the American Museum of Natural History’s Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters, I know it was something I couldn’t miss. The exhibit opens with  three screens of sobering images; a montage of tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes and all the destruction they left behind, along with wall panels containing statistics on death tolls of various natural disasters. While the exhibit focuses on weather conditions and natural disasters at their most volatile, the interactive sections offer a lighter side as well: a visitor can manipulate a model earthquake fault, stand within the center of a tornado, create a volcano via video manipulation, or watch Hurricane Sandy’s path via an interactive map of New York City. Hell hath no fury like Mother Nature.

» American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at W. 79th St., 212.769.5100, thru Aug. 9.