ALPENA, Mich. – A group of school children toured our news studio for a chance to learn about the ins–and–outs of lightning bolts, thunderstorms and clouds.
On this Halloween night, WBKB gave the kids a behind the scenes look into the work of a meteorologist.
“It’s really exciting that I have the opportunity to give back to the younger generation of students to teach them and share with them about the weather and what we do hear at WBKB,” said chief meteorologist Elie Morrison.
First, a group of third graders from Hinks Elementary got a tour of our TV studio. Then, they grabbed some candy along the way, and got their hands on some pretty sweet equipment.
“They’re having a good time,”said the classroom’s teacher, Nicolle Wieschowski. “We know children love technology, getting up there and touching that gigantic touch screen – it has their engagement and excitement.”
Ms. W has been teaching her students how to create their own precipitation weather maps with the help of our weatherman Elie Morrison.
“Technology is so crucial to the way we track weather,” Morrison said. “We’re always using computers. We’re always using imagery that’s coming over the Internet.”
One student shared her enthusiasm in an excited way.
“I really liked when [Morrison] was talking about that precipitation ’cause I’m into weather!” said Jaycee Worth.
These third graders have been drawing weather maps everyday so they can spot weather patterns, the same way Morrison spots a cold front leaving our area.
“We can learn about it in books,” said Ms. W. “But actually meeting the person and seeing what they do with their own eyes is going to help make that a little more concrete in their minds.”
Another student, Matthew Kowalski said, “I really learned a lot about the weather, what all the symbols mean. It really helps me understand weather maps.
If you want to know the current temperature, then you’ll need to tune in live on WBKB for your full weather forecast.
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