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September 21, 2017

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Posted 4/20/17

GHS students getting hands-on meteorology experienceA student presents the weather report

If you want to know what the weather is going to be like in Gloversville, your best bet might be to ask a Gloversville High School student in one of the science classes that are getting a hands-on experience with weather data for the first time.

Thanks to a grant for $7,440 from the Toshiba America Foundation, science teachers at GHS have been able to implement the “Gloversville Looks to the Skies” project, which included installing a weather station at the school and TV monitors in three classrooms to display the live data from the weather station.

Eric Garippa teaches a meteorology course, but the uses of the new weather station’s data are going way beyond just that class.

In Stephen Wendt’s earth science classes, students have been tracking the data to create their own weather reports, which they had to present to their classmates the way a TV meteorologist would. Ninth-grader Alecea Jones said doing the presentation was a bit scary, but she’s getting a lot out of the studying the weather data coming in from the new equipment. “Having our own weather station, I’ve learned a lot,” she said. “And I’ve been sharing things with my dad.

With the in-classroom monitors showing the live feed from the weather station, students can see changes in real time, which can make for some lively discussion.

“In the short period that we have had the visual up in the classroom, I have had more in-depth conversations with students about weather than I ever had in previous years,” teacher Chris Murphy said.

Murphy said there are several ways students are using the data in the classrooms.

• The students can see the relationships between temperature, pressure, dew point and humidity and can discuss and predict what will happen as these variables change on a daily basis.
• The students can print the raw data for any day, month and year they want and graph the data to show these changes.
• The students can compare the school’s data to the data from other weather stations to our south and west to see how they change when a new air mass moves in from those directions.
• The students will see how they can use the data from other weather stations to predict what will happen in the following days in Gloversville and use the actual data from the station to check their predictions.
• The High Altitude Club is using it to predict wind patterns at the school to find landing position for balloons.

Students also are entering the data into a form for Weathernet6, a database used by WRGB Channel 6 uses during its broadcasts.

Wendt said studying the weather data has been an excellent way for students to translate science into real life. “I have kids telling me they are predicting weather to their parents, and that makes me happy. I want them to use the information they learn in class,” he said.