Snow returns to center stage in Science Museum exhibits

Ian Bochynski, 7, of Clarence, experiments with changing the weather as he creates and directs wind at an interactive station, part of “The Zula Patrol” exhibit in the Buffalo Museum of Science.

Six years ago, the Buffalo Museum of Science turned the city’s reputation as a snow capital to its advantage by bringing out longignored, remarkable photographs of snowflakes shot by Wilson Bentley between 1885 and 1931.

Footprints in the snow leading to the museum door proved that embracing winter was a good idea.

In mid-November, the Humboldt Parkway institution went back to the well with “Snow,” an exhibition showcasing the natural science behind Western New York winters. Bentley’s pictures are the centerpiece.

Now a path has been shoveled for “The Zula Patrol: Mission Weather,” based on the popular animated children’s series seen locally on WNED’s ThinkBright channel.

The exhibition, which opened Friday, helps children explore the idea that weather is part of their world and the larger universe, said Mark Mortenson, museum president and chief executive officer. Read the rest of this entry »