With Hurricane Sandy striking the East Coast last fall, and a blizzard slamming the East Coast Friday night and today, local students have been taking a closer look at weather in their classroom.
Fourth-grade students in Jill Briem’s class at Wapakoneta Elementary School have been studying a weather unit, and were recently visited by a local meteorologist.
Chief Meteorologist Kyle Adams, of Your Hometown Lima Stations, talked with the students about weather topics ranging from tornadoes to radars and everything in between.
Classmates John Kohler and Jewel Barber
noted interesting facts about storms they learned through the weather unit and Adams.
“I learned about the speeds of storms and about how fast storms — like hurricanes — are,” John said.
Jewel said she also was fascinated with this topic, as she learned how fast a velocity storms can reach.
Jewel also learned from Adams something more technical about his career — about the cameras in the studio at his workplace.
“I learned about how they can move,” Jewel said.
The studio has many cameras, and Adams showed a behind the scenes slideshow and video to teach the students about the newsroom.
Adams also talked about the green screen, and how he cannot wear a green shirt, like Jewel was wearing on Friday during the presentation, because it would not work for the newscast.
“When I’m looking at the green screen, I’m not actually looking at what you see on TV,” Adams said.
All Adams sees is a green screen, and he looks at a tiny television monitor for guidance while going over the weather.
Student Zavier Ayers says staying safe is important during severe weather.
“I learned what to do if you get caught outside,” Zavier said, “and also how thunderstorms get created.”
Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes were a popular topic on Friday in the classroom, as these are things the students have either experienced or have seen in the media.
Cridersville experienced a tornado in 2010, and flooding has been visible in Wapakoneta when the Auglaize River floods — which Adams went over briefly during the presentation.
Students played a guessing game to find out 15 was the average number of tornados that occur in Ohio per year, and April, May and June are the most common months to see a tornado.
Adams ended his presentation taking numerous questions from the students about weather-related topics.
When talking about tornadoes, fourth-grader Ellie Schroer said she thought one particular thing was very fascinating.
“The different speeds of tornadoes and hurricanes,” Ellie said.