Educating a New Generation of Weather Professionals

Noblis supports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) CAREERS Weather Camp

Hurricane Sandy was a devastating storm, but due to advances in meteorology, we were prepared for its impact. Better technology coupled with innovations in the field of meteorology has improved our ability to accurately predict the path of extreme weather events.

As the science of meteorology expands, the need to educate and train a future generation of weather professionals becomes increasingly important. This education not only entails “hands on” training, but an interaction with current subject matter experts, who can share in their knowledge and experiences.

In order to encourage students’ interest in meteorology and climate adaptation, Noblis supports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) CAREERS Weather Camp. This camp, hosted by Howard University in Washington, D.C., is a one-week program funded by the NOAA Educational Partnership Program for Minority Serving Institutions. High school students from across the country, who share an interest in meteorology and other aspects of atmospheric sciences, apply to attend this highly-competitive program. Noblis has partnered with Howard University on the Weather Camp since its inception in 2002.

Each summer, Noblis hosts the students and the Weather Camp sponsors for the day at its corporate headquarters in Falls Church, Va. On “Noblis Day,” experienced professionals from all across NOAA, including the National Weather Service (NWS), the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), and local forecast offices, present on a variety of topics. The discussions can range from high-level topics such as NOAA satellites, to very specific regional or local topics such as Washington, D.C. weather.

This year, Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director of NOAA, NWS presented, “The National Weather Service and the Impacts of Extreme Weather.” This was the first Weather Camp conducted since Hurricane Sandy slammed across the Eastern seaboard in October 2012. Dr. Uccellini, a five year attendee and presenter of the Weather Camp, gave the students specific examples of the storms’ pattern and its regional impact. He also spoke on impact-based warnings, the importance of NWS partnerships, and building a weather-ready nation. 

As part of the Weather Camp’s focus on careers, former Noblis interns (now current Noblis employees) took part in a panel discussion about the importance of internships as a way to define and find the right career path.

“The Weather Camp exposes students to the field of meteorology, not only as a science, but as a science-based service delivery,” says Dr. Uccellini. “It’s not just doing the research, not just making the forecast; it’s how you communicate those forecasts, so people react the way you want. Students should see this, so they can make their career decisions accordingly.”

Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director of NOAA, NWS presented, “The National Weather Service and the Impacts of Extreme Weather.”

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