Dear Jon- Summertime means fun but for many students its time to plan for their future. Melissa writes to me and asks, "Dear Jon, I'm a student in high school who loves weather and wants to be a meteorologist just like Norm! I was wondering which classes I should take in high school and in college to help me achieve my dream? Also which universities offer some of the best meteorology programs?"
The wonder of nature is fascinating and forecasting is a real art form given the tools of the trade. Today's technology and satellite imagery is very revealing to help forecasters be more accurate. I asked Central Coast News Chief Meteorologist Norm Hoffman to help with this answer.
Norm tells me that high school students should begin with geography. That course always has a section with weather and how it impacts the ground we walk on. As far as other courses, concentration should be on math and physics. A Student should also try to get into or through calculus by graduation.
For Colleges there are many good schools that feature a Meteorology degree. On the west coast San Jose State, Oregon State, University of Washington, UC Davis and their Atmospheric Science program. There are many others, the University of Chicago, the University of Oklahoma and their focus on severe weather forecasting and Texas A and M has an Atmospheric Science program as well. There are plenty more on the east coast.
Once a student graduates, find an internship in the television station weather department. Some television stations have a weather producer position as well where you can learn be on staff and make graphics and get time practicing in front of a green screen.
If you'd like more comprehensive answers watch the attached video for this Dear Jon segment and my interview with Norm Hoffman on air during Thursday's 5pm newscast.
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