Teens discover climate and careers at Weather Camp

Photo Credit: Students at Weathercamp
Wed, 06/12/2019 - 06:01

High school students from around the country are discovering the science and careers related to weather and climate at this year's Weather Camp running June 9-14 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Students find out how scientists observe and forecast the weather and monitor the changing climate through various activities: conducting experiments with instruments while learning about weather science, visiting with scientists and forecasters, and learning about the tools and careers of the trade.

More information about the program is available on the Lincoln Weather website. Nebraska's program is part of a national weather camp network—evaluated by the American Meteorological Society.

Maddy Diedrichsen, meteorology-climatology and mathematics major, previously attended Weather Camp and was a lead instructor last year—read about her experience.

The week includes:

Monday
  • Microclimate in Memorial Stadium
  • "A Day in the Life of a Storm Chaser", Jeremy Bower, JRB Storm Photography
  • "Broadcast Meteorology", Ian Mason
Tuesday
  • High Plains Regional Climate Center, Dr. Rezaul Mahmood
  • LI-COR Instrument Company, Kristen Minish
Wednesday
  • "Climate Change in 10 words", Nebraska State Senator Ken Haar
  • "Geological Climate Change Time Line", Max Heaston
  • "There is Hope", Nebraska State Senator Ken Haar
  • Tour "Cherish Nebraska" exhibit, Morrill Hall
  • "Weather: Wonders & Mysteries" Mueller Planetarium, Morrill Hall
  • Tesla electric vehicle and "What's Next?" discussion with Senator Ken Haar
Thursday
  • "Seeing What the All-Seeing Eye Sees", Riley Tenopir
  • Brian Smith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS Omaha
Friday
  • "Careers", Dawn Kopacz, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Capstone Event