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NWS Forecasters Speak to Rock Springs 5th and 6th Graders

Forecasters from the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Riverton recently spoke to approximately 600 students at White Mountain School in Rock Springs.  The students comprised the entire 5th and 6th grade classes in Sweetwater School District #1.  Chuck Farmer and Chris Jones of WFO Riverton presented a Weather Safety presentation to the students as part of a statewide initiative to train students in emergency preparedness.  The presentations were arranged by teachers at White Mountain in coordination with Sweetwater County Emergency Management.

Pictured above is one of the White Mountain 5th and 6th grade classes which
participated in NWS Weather Safety and Preparedness training in Rock Springs.
Photo courtesy of Stacy Glackin of the Rocket Miner.

The 45-minute presentation provided students with a quick overview of the NWS and the tools and instruments used in weather forecasting.  Most of the presentation focused on the various types of hazardous weather experienced in Wyoming and the proper safety techniques that students and their families should exercise.  "This provided the NWS a wonderful opportunity to reach so many students, and subsequently many parents, concerning weather safety.  We (the NWS) are excited about conducting more of these presentations across western and central Wyoming as part of this statewide program," said Jones.  The presentation concludes with a "Plan and Get Ready" worksheet that allows students to earn a certificate from the NWS.  Students take home the worksheet and work through the safety questions with their parents or guardians.  The completed worksheets are then forwarded to the NWS, which in turn issues a certificate to the student.  Jones stated that the worksheet "is an excellent way to initiate discussion among family members concerning weather safety."

Click here to find out how you can request NWS personnel to present at your school and for more links to weather safety education materials.  Learn more about spring and summer weather safety and winter weather safety at these links.

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