Wednesday's trip under partly cloudy skies and cooler weather was to Midland Elementary School in Poway to talk with Ms. Hafer's First Graders. After such a wet weekend, and with more rain on the way, you can imagine the questions that will be fired from first graders on such a cool Wednesday morning!
One of the projects these first graders put together were wind socks – sort of an elementary anemometer in a way. Here, the wind socks are at rest.
These first graders were ready to hear about what it takes to become a meteorologist, but they already had quite a bit of weather prior to my visit. One of the highlights of the morning for me was the water cycle song!
They actually have been studying weather for almost a month now – and they also made hot air balloons. These balloons are similar in principle to the weather balloons used to gather information on our atmosphere.
Matt explaining some of the finer points of weathercasting to the students.
One of the main questions of the day had to do with what sort of equipment gets used to measure weather – and that's where the fully functioning automated weather observation station atop the MicroClimate Weather Van comes in. These students learned what a hygrometer is!
My special thanks to all of Ms. Hafer's First Graders – and their great hospitality! One of the on-air jokes we use is that I always complain (tongue-in-cheek) about the lack of "treats" on these school visits. . .but of course, today, Ms. Hafer's class had cupcakes for everyone. Awesome!
Of course, by the time you see this photo, the price of gas will have gone up.