Wood County students learn meteorology, recall severe weather experience
WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -
The Storm Track 9 team's WeatherBug observation unit is an inconspicuous addition to the roof of Immanuel Lutheran School in Wisconsin Rapids.
But the data it gathers is a valuable asset to the students of room 302.
"It's pretty cool," 6th grade student Max Mortenson told Newsline 9 about studying meteorology.
Mortenson cited areas in hydrology as a subject of particular interest in the field.
"I think it's pretty cool how the water cycle works and how evaporation, condensation and precipitation work," Mortenson continued.
An added benefit of Storm Track 9's partnership with WeatherBug is that the data exclusive to Newsline 9's team of meteorologists is the same information displayed on television.
WeatherBug observation units are often installed at schools and utilized to strengthen children's knowledge and appreciation of the weather.
"How much it can change, and just like that," 6th grade student Ethan Hess said when questioned about what his favorite feature of the weather is.
"I've been through a tornado warning twice. The first one was when we were camping at Dodge Park," Hess said.
The experience of severe weather when outdoors is something 5th grade student Easton Brise relates to. He recalls an occasion seeing a funnel cloud when playing outside.
"It looked like there was a tornado that was coming down right on top of our camper because we were looking up at it," Brise said.
The tales of severe weather experience from Immanuel Lutheran students are in ample supply.
Fellow 5th grade student Erin Schlaefer recounts experiencing a tornado warning when playing at a friend's house.
"Then her grandma came in and said, 'quick! Get in the bathroom, there's been a tornado warning," Schlaefer said.
But through studying meteorology in school and seeing first-hand observations taken place in the classroom, these children say they have less to be afraid of when severe weather does strike.
The Storm Track 9 team of meteorologists prides itself on being part of the community-wide effort to educate children about meteorology and severe weather preparation. If your community group or class would like a visit from one of our meteorologists, email firstname.lastname@example.org.