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Louisville Public Schools sixth graders learn about the weather

Posted at 4:45 PM, Oct 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 18:32:42-04

It may not be peak severe weather season, but it is still important to be prepared. Sixth graders at Louisville Public Schools received a visit from our meteorologists Mark Stitz and Audra Moore.

The visit started with a short video about severe weather and how to stay safe before launching into the rest of the presentation.

Students learned about the typical work day of a broadcast meteorologist while also getting a behind the scenes account of all of the extra things the meteorologists cover besides the on air forecast they see.

"It was very fun to learn more about the news and the weather so now I can understand more about what's going on," says sixth grader Shawn Kavanaugh.

Thunderstorms were particularly fascinating for some of the students and lightning caught the attention of several kids in the classroom, including Emma Renner.

"I learned that lightning is like, five times hotter than the surface of the sun, which I didn't know that, which was really cool though," explains Renner.

One of the favorite parts is always the tornado in a bottle.

Although the students are used to the ever changing Midwest weather, it proved to be a learning experience for all of them.

They even got to check out the "Now Tracker," which we use in both severe weather and breaking news coverage.

"There was a lot of different perspective points of the cameras that you can see like, a 360 view around, and I thought that was pretty cool," adds Renner.

The students are getting ready to learn about weather in their next science unit find it helpful to learn a bit about it beforehand.

"I feel like it's a lot better. I know more, I have a stable background, so it'll be fun to learn more with our science teacher," says Kavanaugh.

Overall, the students enjoyed learning some basics about weather and what being a broadcast meteorologist entails.