In their meteorology block, 8th graders are learning about the citizen science portion of weather reporting. The National Weather Service relies on people trained as weather spotters to provide vital information which informs meteorologists in their decision-making around how and when to send out severe weather warnings to the public. Though weather forecasters have access to Doppler radar, satellites and surface weather stations, this technology leaves gaps that can only be filled by (many) people trained to report the “ground truth.” Students learned about how and when to report weather events such as heavy rain and flooding, hail, high winds, freezing rain, funnel clouds, and tornadoes.
There is a weather station mounted to the roof of the high school building which enhances the students’ scientific study. Our weather station measures indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed & direction, dew point and rainfall. This tool will help us more accurately report weather events to the National Weather Service through the Skywarn program.