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The Big Weather Experience

Tornado Alley Omnitheater film

Tornado AlleyTornado Alley documents two unprecedented missions seeking to encounter one of Earth's most awe-inspiring events—the birth of a tornado. Filmmaker Sean Casey's personal quest to capture the phenomenon with a 70mm IMAX camera takes viewers on a breathtaking journey into the heart of the storm. A team of equally driven scientists, the VORTEX2 researchers, experience the relentless strength of nature's elemental forces as they literally surround tornadoes and the supercell storms that form them, gathering the most comprehensive severe weather data ever collected.

Learning Goals for Students:

  • To understand where Tornado Alley is located.
  • To understand the tools that scientists use to study tornadoes.
  • To understand how scientists work together to gather data, make observations, and draw conclusions about severe weather events.

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audio description

Audio Description is available for this Omnitheater film.

rear projection captioning

Rear Projection Captioning is available for this Omnitheater film.

En Espanol

Headphones are available to listen to this Omnitheater film in Spanish.

Educator Resources

Tornado Alley Educator Overview (2 pages; PDF | 1.3 MB)
Short overview of the Tornado Alley film, what your students can expect on their field trip, and connections to Minnesota State Science Standards.

Tornado Alley Educator's Guide (24 pages; PDF | 4.4 MB)
Includes spotlights on scientists, weather technology, and safety, as well as weather experiments and activities.