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Kansas Cosmosphere to feature Tornado Intercept Vehicle, Millie the Weather Dog, and other activities today and Saturday

The Kansas Cosmosphere kicks off two days of special appearances by weather-related crowd favorites today.

Sean Casey and his Tornado Intercept Vehicle 2, or TIV2 – best known for their participation in the Discovery Channel series “Storm Chasers” – will be on hand for presentations and KWCH meteorologist Ross Janssen and Millie the Weather Dog will be on hand as well. A few raffle winners will even get to take rides in the TIV2.

Casey’s IMAX film, “Tornado Alley,” is showing at the Cosmosphere, and he’ll share stories of his storm-chasing adventures and answer questions at 4 p.m. today and Saturday.

Author and AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Senior Vice President Mike Smith will present "Warnings Save Lives: A Look Back at Greensburg, Udall and Joplin" at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Upon the conclusion of his presentation, he’ll have copies of his book "Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather," available for purchase.

The Cosmosphere will be collecting personal items for the American Red Cross Comfort Kits that are issued to local disaster victims, including toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, bar soap, and shaving cream.

Others expected to be on hand will be emergency management officials and KSN meteorologist J.D. Rudd.

Activities will run from 1 to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Cosmosphere.

The event is free, though raffle tickets for a chance to ride in the TIV2 must be purchased. See for additional details, activities and prices.