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Austin/San Antonio WFO Local Outreach & Education Programs

 

Local Community Activities

The Austin/San Antonio Weather Forecast Office (WFO) provides outreach and education opportunities to our local communities in support of a Weather-Ready Nation. Please contact us with any questions or requests.

Additional Information

Youtube/Powerpoint Weather Lessons

What Are They?

The following presentations were created for a middle school class by our meteorologist Aaron Treadway. The Youtube videos, which range from 4 to 11 minutes long, include explanations by Aaron. The presentations are also linked below allowing teachers to download them if they wish. 

In addition to the mini weather lessons, there are 3 videos which include a full weather briefing for Farmington, New Mexico, and two videos on a student activity where they can make a forecast. The examples in these videos are for New Mexico, but can easily be modified for Central Texas, or any location across the U.S. using the National Weather Service website. Feel free to contact Aaron with questions about the presentations, recordings, the forecast activity, or if you need a specific weather related topic addressed. The files are hosted on our web space, so clicking a link to the files below should prompt you to download the file, or begin a direct download.

New videos will be added to this page periodically. In addition, over the Summer and Fall of 2017, the videos will be re-recorded to include captioning on Youtube and citations for the images used in the presentations. 

Videos

High/Low Presentation

Fronts Presentation

Thunderstorm Presentation

The Atmosphere Presentation

Presentation on the Wind

Life of a Meteorologist Presentation

Tornado Presentation

Clouds Presentation

Weather and Climate Presentation

Meteorology Jobs Presentation

Weather Radar Presentation

 

 

Forecasting Activity

The forecast activity is designed to give students the experience of making a weather forecast. They can use the spreadsheet to make the forecast from the NWS website, then verify the forecast the next day. The document below has many useful weather links and resources. If you have questions about the activity or would like it customized for your area (including the weather briefing) please don't hesitate to contact meteorologist Aaron Treadway.

Forecast Briefing Template

Forecast Activity Spreadsheet

Forecast Activity Weather Links 

 

 

Ask-A-Meteorologist Hangouts for Schools

What is it?

Ask-a-Meteorologist is a way to easily allow your students to learn about the weather through face-to-face interaction with NWS meteorologists! Utilizing Google Hangouts allows multiple classrooms to participate at the same time without the hassles of travel and set-up.

Ask-a-Meteorologist with Capitol School of Austin (2016)

 

How Does It Work?

All your classroom needs to participate is an internet connection and a webcam with a microphone. Google Hangouts is a free video chat interface that work with any web browser. We send a link to the Ask-a-Meteorologist session via email and all you have to do is click on the link! From there we will cycle through the classroom(s) allowing students to ask questions to the various meteorologists participating. 

How Do I Sign Up?

The list below shows available dates and times for the Fall 2017 semester. Click on the desired date and fill out the registration form. Once you have filled out the form we will send you an email working out the specific time of the Ask-a-Meteorologist session and send you a link to the hangout. AM sessions can take place any time between 8 AM and 12 PM, with PM sessions taking place between 1 PM and 2:30 PM. 

Register for one of our Fall hangouts before they fill up!

Monday November 27th (AM Session) Click here to register
Monday November 27th (PM Session) Click here to register

 

Who Will Be Participating?

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service (NWS) office in New Braunfels, TX. We can accommodate up to five classrooms on the call from across South Central Texas. We may also have some special guests on the call who are local TV meteorologists, emergency managers, and other weather partners!

Questions?

Feel free to email Meteorologist Aaron Treadway or Meteorologist Trevor Boucher from the NWS Office in New Braunfels.