November 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Storm Chasing Experience Open to Meteorology Students


Open to juniors, seniors and graduate students who are majoring or minoring in meteorology, a real-life Storm Chasing Experience takes place May 5-12 in the Central Plains.

After completing coursework on supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes or mesoscale meteorology, students will spend one week traveling around Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas where they will analyze weather patterns, predict locations of upcoming storms and then attempt to observe those storms.

Students will learn the routine of storm chasing and will be equipped with state-of-the-art mapping, navigation and weather display software. Depending on where the weather takes them, the students may be able to tour the National Weather Center.

“They won’t have an exact itinerary in advance,” says Lori Lammert. “They’re going to have to go where the storms take them. For their careers, it will be a really good experience.”

Leading this program is Dr. Jana Houser, Assistant Professor of Geography in Ohio University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She spent 10 years storm chasing in the Great Plains.

More information and application are available online with the Office of Education Abroad.

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