Who talks about the weather in Southern California? These days, pretty much everybody as the drought continues and El Nino threatens.
To join in that conversation, whether it's about California's conundrum or issues with water elsewhere, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on Saturday will host NOAA and Our Planet Day.
NOAA, short for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has been keeping watch on such issues as rising tides and climate change since 1970.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. NOAA experts, interactive displays a remotely operated vehicles and exhibits will teach us about ocean habitat conservation, changing climate, endangered species, beached whales and more—all topics of concern to travelers.
The day will include the debut of a film that will resonate with Californians: "The World's Water" examines water scarcity across the globe.
The Aquarium of the Pacific film will be projected on its NOAA Science on a Sphere, a 6-foot spherical projection screen surrounded by four projectors that work with a computer to show high resolution images, movies and scientific data on the earth-shaped globe.
Representatives from NOAA's National Weather Service will use this state-of-the-art globe to illustrate weather and climate using near real-time data from satellites and other prediction tools.
The NOAA activities are free with general admission to Aquarium of the Pacific, which costs $28.95 for adults with discounted rates for children and seniors.
Info: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach; (562) 590-3100.