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Did you know?!


The National Weather Service can visit YOUR classroom and talk with YOUR students via the internet or in-person! The NWS Pittsburgh School Outreach team is ready to teach and answer your students weather questions. We can cover a variety of weather-related topics that include weather basics, severe weather, the water cycle or even space weather! Our team of experts can handle any weather concept you want to address for grade levels ranging from kindergarten to high school. Our support can be either attending your classroom in person or virtually through your preferred video conferencing application.


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How does it work?


Simply request our presence and we will coordinate with you on how to best help you and the students. In a virtual setting, all your classroom needs to participate is an internet connection and a webcam with a microphone. Depending on the chosen video conferencing platform, the weather session can be setup for just your class, multiple classrooms across your school district, or even multiple classrooms across the country! Coordinate the meeting details in advance with your designated point of contact and then follow the provided instructions for joining that virtual session. That's it!


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A collection of images and information about a school talk conducted by the NWS Pittsburgh office. Photo courtesy of

Who will be Participating?


With this set-up we can have just your classroom participating or open up the presentation to other classrooms across your school, your district or around the country! We are flexible to meet the needs of your school!

The presentations will be handled by meteorologists from the National Weather Service Pittsburgh office with a wide-range of experience and specialties. All of the meteorologists have a passion for weather and for education, having interacted with a variety of age levels previously. In addition to NWS Pittsburgh meteorologists, it may be possible to get scientists from the Space Weather Prediction Center, meteorologists who work at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma, or any number of other specialists in the agency on the call for special presentations. So make sure to ask!


What can we teach?


Beyond creating a customized presentation based on your planned curriculum, we have several presentations we can give to your students. One is called Weather Basics (45 min) in which we cover where the weather comes from, cold/warm fronts, high/low pressure etc. The second covers severe weather (30-45 min) and some safety tips and finally the third one is called Ask-a-Meteorologist (30-60 min) in which we answer as many student questions as we have time for. Finally, we now have added a Space Weather presentation (45 min) that covers the sun, solar storms and potential impacts to lives and livelihoods.


How do I sign up? Fill out the short form below:



If you have questions please contact NWS Pittsburgh Fred McMullen at