Friday, March 18, 2011

Tornado Alley opens at STL Science Center

New film opening March 18 stars Storm Chasers host Sean Casey
ST. LOUIS – A new OMNIMAX® film opens at the Saint Louis Science Center on Friday, March 18. The film, Tornado Alley, stars Storm Chasers host Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX2, a fully nomadic team of scientists who follow and study severe weather throughout the Plains. It is the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes and explores the science of our planet’s most extreme—and least understood—weather phenomena.

Traversing the “severe weather capital of the world,” Tornado Alley documents two unprecedented missions seeking to encounter one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring events—the birth of a tornado. Casey’s personal quest takes viewers on a breathtaking journey into the heart of the storm. Meanwhile, the VORTEX2 team surrounds the tornadoes and the supercell storms that form them, gathering the most comprehensive severe weather data ever collected.

“St. Louisans have seen firsthand this year that severe weather can occur at any moment,” said Carol Valenta, Senior Vice President and Associate Museum Director for the Science Center. “Tornado Alley serves as a great opportunity for students and families to learn more about this natural phenomenon that affects our lives.”

Armed with a 70mm camera, a fleet of customized vehicles designed to withstand gale force winds, torrential rains and unrelenting hail and an arsenal of the most advanced weather measurement instruments ever created, the stars of Tornado Alley take audiences on a thrilling quest to experience a tornado’s destructive power at point-blank range.

“We hope our visitors will never be in the heart of a tornado, but thanks to the filmmakers of Tornado Alley, they will be able to learn about and experience severe weather as though they were storm chasers,” said Jackie Mollet, Senior Director of Theater, Retail and Exhibitions at the Science Center.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for children, college students with an ID and seniors, and free for Members with
vouchers. Showtimes are available by calling 314.289.4424 or at

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