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This afternoon, a couple of pop-up showers and perhaps a thunderstorm are possible southeast of a Cameron to Palestine line. Later this afternoon and evening, a few storms may develop near a dryline and affect areas west of Highway 281. A strong storm or two would be possible with this activity which could produce hail and downburst winds. otherwise, it will be hot and humid with highs in the 90s or low 100s with heat index values a few degrees higher.
Low chances for rain continue on Thursday for parts of the region. In the afternoon hours, the most likely location for isolated to scattered showers and storms is across Central Texas. Some of these storms could become strong producing strong downburst winds. In the evening hours, a few thunderstorms are possible along and west of a line from Bowie to Eastland. These storms may occur as a weakening cluster of storms and may produce gusty winds.
The current stretch of dry weather (23 days) has matched or exceeded the previous longest dry streak of 2017 at both DFW and Waco. Previously, the longest period of no measurable rainfall was from late January through early February when both DFW and Waco were dry for over 3 weeks.

 
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Student Opportunities at NWS Ft. Worth

picture of NWS Ft. WorthNational Weather Service Forecast offices regularly provide opportunities for college students to gain valuable work experience, both as paid employees and as unpaid volunteers. Many NWS employees participated in such programs themselves when they were students and remain grateful for the experience. For this reason, they understand how beneficial such programs can be, and they are eager to return the favor. This is true even if a student ends up not working for the National Weather Service.

Of course, the NWS benefits greatly from these programs as well. Not only do we gain a little extra help for a few months, but we also give potential future employees a running start toward a successful NWS career. When deciding which recent graduate to hire, a manager in the NWS often would like to select someone who has actual NWS experience -- and the positive recommendations to go with it!

There are several avenues by which students can participate in operations at WFO Fort Worth....


The NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program

Another form of paid employment (and scholarship money!) is offered through the NOAA Hollings Scholarship. This scholarship program was established in honor of retired South Carolina Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, who promoted oceanic and atmospheric research throughout his career. NOAA solicits applications for this program once per year, usually between September and January. Application materials and the most current deadlines are available here.
Scholarship students will be eligible for up to $8,000 of academic assistance per year for full-time study during their junior and senior years; a paid 10-week, full-time internship position during the summer at a NOAA facility ($650 per week); a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship; and travel expenses to attend and participate in a mandatory orientation and conference.
Applications for the Hollings Scholarship Program are available online, by e-mail at StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov, by telephone to 301-713-9437 x150, or by mail to:
NOAA Hollings Scholarship Program
Attn: Student Scholarship Team
1315 East-West Highway, Room 10734
Silver Spring, MD 20910-6223
Note: Although selections for the Hollings Scholarship are not made by the local forecast office, we can serve as a host office for students who have already been accepted into the program and are seeking a summer internship. Staff members occasionally list potential summer internship projects in the SSIO database, and Hollings Scholarship students may also directly contact potential mentors at our office to discuss creating a project based on mutual interests.


Student Volunteer Program

Like the rest of the National Weather Service, WFO Fort Worth values the talents and enthusiasm of college-level students and recent graduates who aspire to careers in the National Weather Service. We recognize the important role they can play as future employees, and we strive to support them in their quest to enter our agency. We do this primarily by creating volunteer opportunities at WFO Fort Worth.

The Student Volunteer Program offers work experience related to the participant's academic field of study. Students have an opportunity to explore their career options and to develop both professional and personal skills.

Student volunteer selections, primarily for the summer, are made locally at NWS Ft. Worth in early March. Since many students wish to volunteer with us, these positions are somewhat competitive.  Factors for selection include:
  • Number of students we can handle at one time
  • Year in school and amount of coursework completed
  • Academic record
  • Activities outside of class (clubs, teams, volunteer work, etc.)
  • Whether the student has previously volunteered with the NWS
  • United States citizenship (required)
  • Status as a current student (required)
Most students who volunteer at WFO Fort Worth are taking coursework in atmospheric science or hydrologic science. However, we will also consider hosting students with skills in Information Technology, Geographic Information Systems, or other related fields.


Work hours for student volunteers

We understand that student volunteers have many other commitments, including their academic work and perhaps actual paid employment. For this reason, we are flexible about the specific hours that a student works as a volunteer. We ask that student volunteers average 2-3 days per week for at least one 5-6 week period, mainly during the summer.
We also recommend that students try to work at least part of their time during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. This gives the student greater exposure to a wider variety of weather and potentially allows the student to interact with a greater number of forecasters. A student will spend their work time on a variety of activities. Especially at first, some of the time will be spent shadowing forecasters and other staff members. Eventually, the student will work on specific local office projects.


Earning college credit as a volunteer

Students may wish to check with their academic advisor about earning credit toward graduation for the time they spend volunteering. Specific policies vary by institution. For example, some schools may require the student to work more than 8 hours per week in order to earn credit. Otherwise, it does not matter to the NWS whether a student is volunteering for credit or not.


Rules and regulations for volunteers

The National Weather Service, as an agency of the United States Department of Commerce (DOC), is bound by the laws, policies, guidelines, and procedures regarding voluntary and uncompensated services as summarized in DOC Administrative Order 202-311. This is important information for potential volunteers. For example, Section 2.03.d in this document explains the citizenship requirements for volunteers: "If an agency may not hire citizens of a particular country, citizens of that country may not serve as student volunteers." Also note the Student Volunteer Agreement at the bottom of that document. The first point requires that: "The student is enrolled at least half time at an accredited school, is recommended by the school, and is acceptable to the agency."  All prospective volunteers will also be required to complete the necessary paperwork and security forms before being allowed to spend time at the NWS office.


Applying for a student volunteer position at NWS Ft. Worth

If you are interested in being a student volunteer at NWS Ft. Worth, please send a request for further information to ted.ryan@noaa.gov.