By News 8 Chief Meteorologist Matt Baylow
Who knew the warmest day of the week would be the day when I get to take the MicroClimate Weather Van up to Carlsbad?
This week's Weather Wednesday school was Calavera Hills up in Carlsbad; my visit was to stop by and speak with some 6th and 7th graders, many of whom belonged to a Meteorology Club!
This school has put up their own working weather observation station (not unlike the one atop the MicroClimate Weather Van), and the weather station was placed atop their gymnasium – here is the station and its view from the classroom:
Here's a picture of me and Emily, who heads their Meteorology Club – they were kind enough to provide a Certificate of Appreciation (and some flowers!):
After some discussion on our weather, and in particular ocean currents – how they affect the weather in Carlsbad – hurricanes, and why we won't get them – and a general bemoaning regarding the lack of snow at low levels along the coastline – it was time to head outside and check out the MicroClimate Weather Van.
These students were GREAT to visit with, and it was really pretty wild that they had started a meteorology club! Hopefully my discussion of the TV business and meteorology won't keep them from pursuing broadcast meteorology as a career (kidding – outside of the makeup every day, it's not a bad gig).
BONUS for the week – of the hundreds of schools I've visited in the past 15 years here in San Diego County, this is absolutely the very first time I was photographed with the school mascot (Calvin). AWESOME.
A special thanks to Calvin for sitting through that whole speech in such a warm outfit on such a warm day.