The Chicago area office of the National Weather Service (NWS) held two Summer Weather Workshops for Kids Thursday August 6. The program brought 20 middle and junior high school students, with an interest in meteorology, out to the Weather Forecast Office in Romeoville. The program allowed students to see a NWS office, and learn how meteorologists take observations, collect data, view satellite and radar images, and issue various types of forecasts and warnings. The kids learned how clouds form, and how to be safe in dangerous thunderstorms. They were also provided information on career opportunities in the field of meteorology.
Students learned about weather observing equipment, such as this "Cotton Region Shelter".
Students also learned about the National Weather Service's WSR-88D Doppler Radar.
Students learn how to draw isotherms and isobars on weather maps. Despite advanced technology available on computer workstations, many meteorologists still do hand analysis of weather data.
Meteorologist Intern Andy Boxell assists students in issuing a mock severe thunderstorm warning for the August 4, 2008 derecho using the "Warning Event Simulator", or WES. The WES is used by NWS meteorologists to review archived data from storm events, and to practice and train for severe weather warning operations.