Explore: Snow Science [12 Days of HMNS]

Hello, holidays! Today is the First Day of HMNS – for the next 12 days, we’ll be featuring another fun video of a holiday museum activity here on the blog (or, you can get a sneak peek at all the videos on 12days.hmns.org – we won’t tell).

For our first video, we wondered about snow – something we were shocked to see falling here in Houston on Dec. 4 – the earliest recorded snowfall in local history. So, we asked Gene Norman, Chief Meteorologist at KHOU, to explain a few things. Like: why is snow white? Are all snowflakes really unique? And – will we see snow falling in Houston again this year?

Click play to see for yourself!

Visit the Gene Norman Weather Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, a one-of-a-kind interactive exhibit, where kids and parents can conduct a live weather forecast in precisely the same manner as Norman does on the local news each evening.

Get into the holiday spirit! Visit our 12 Days of HMNS web site to see the videos and get more information about each event, exhibit and film!

Happy Holidays!

The Great Raise Houston – Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

Since The Real World debuted in 1992 (currently in it’s 21st season – there’s a fact to make you feel old) people have been saying the “reality show” genre was a flash in the pan. Now, dramas and sitcoms are becoming endangered species, and we’ve moved (over almost 20 years) from The Bachelor to Rock of Love III – I guess we can say it’s a genre that’s here to stay.

And though most reality shows tend to get increasingly ridiculous – there is one that I love.

LOVE.

And it’s The Amazing Race.

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(who’s ready for a hunt?)

Most shows leave you wondering – who would fight to date someone who’s also dating 30 other people? Who would let Simon Cowell pass judgement on them publicly? Who would willingly sign up for a show literally titled Wife Swap?

Not so with The Amazing Race. Who wants to white-water-raft in Chile, navigate with Magellan’s Map, or rappel down the face of a Portuguese cliff? Everyone. Because that’s awesome.

And now, the experience has come to town, in the form of “The Great Raise Houston” – a special that follows ten teams as they run, jump, dive, fly and speed through the city on a three-day, 350-mile trek. From kayaking on the bayou to skydiving to ax throwing, the contestants will rely on creativity and common sense to keep them in the race. Part of the trek is a visit to the Houston Museum of Natural Science!

Best of all, the teams competing in “The Great Raise Houston” will be raising funds for the Houston Food Bank – Kid’s Café and Casa de Esperanza. The second half airs tomorrow night at 7 p.m. – don’t forget to tune in!


“The Great Raise Houston” was created by Uchenna and Joyce Agu, the Houston couple who took home the $1 million prize on the 7th season of the CBS reality hit, “The Amazing Race.”