Weather

CLIMATE CONTROL In other parts of the world, March may enter as a lion and exit as a lamb. Here, the weather can be lamb-gentle in Dallas and positively leonine in Lubbock—all on the same day. To the uninitiated—and especially children—the vagaries of Texas weather can be scary. But never fear: Several venues are gearing up to disperse the mists clouding the subject. "Powers of Nature" at the Moody Gardens' Discovery Pyramid, in Galveston, promises the most extensive overview of weather phenomena. Through more than fifty interactive exhibits, videos, live satellite and radar imagery, and personal stories, patrons can discover the science in weather predicting and learn the mechanics of storms and fronts—they can even experience what it's like inside a tornado shelter as the Grim Reaper passes by. If that seems a little more than the younger kids are up for, take in "Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm" at the Children's Museum of Houston. Under the guidance of the unflappable Ms. Frizzle, meteorology becomes child's play. Or perhaps your community's museum has a weather program like the one scheduled at San Antonio's Witte Museum, where, on March 22, experts will gather to explain to weather watchers young and old the magic of forecasting—or how to predict if there's a March lion or a March lamb on the way. ( See Galveston: Points of Interest ; Houston: Museums/Galleries ; and San Antonio: Museums/Galleries )

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