School is back in session, and that means I get the opportunity to share a little about weather and how we forecast it - AND how we measure it - with some elementary and middle school kids here in San Diego. Today's Weather Wednesday school was Tierrasanta Elementary.
With the high pressure that we've got this week, and temperatures getting into the triple digits later in the day, it was more like a morning in mid- to late-August. Completely clear skies, and at 9am this morning it was still fairly comfortable in Tierrasanta. But those blue skies so early in the day with this weather pattern always signal a much hotter day coming. . .still - it was a great start to Wednesday in Tierrasanta.
Today's group was a couple classes of fifth graders - like many schools, Tierrasanta's rooms don't have a lot of air conditioning. But these kids had just studied quite a bit about weather and were as anxious to see me as I was grateful to be there!
Topics today included quite a bit about the pending heatwave, but also these kids asked a lot of great questions about many kinds of severe weather we don't typically get in San Diego. Hail, hurricanes, even snow came up, although today was more abuot high pressure and offshore flow.
Already in the hour that I was at Tierrasanta Elementary, temperatures outside had soared by 10F to 20F degrees from when I had gotten there. . .but these kids still were really excited to come out and check out the MicroClimate Weather Van in the searing sun. I had the chance to explain how the weather observation station atop the Van worked, and what kinds of weather it measured (including the temperatures, especially on a day like today!).
I've been to Mr. Murphy's class in Tierrasanta before, and they are nice enough to have me back each fall. Every year they seem to have a great group of students, and this year was no exception! Thanks again to everyone in the 5th Grade over in Tierrasanta for having me and the MicroClimate Weather Van stop by today.