Meteorologist Ashley Batey from WBTV 3 talked to students from Sunshine Elementary School on Tuesday.
Meteorologist Ashley Batey from WBTV 3 in Charlotte, spoke to students at Sunshine Elementary School on Tuesday.
discussed the recent Hurricane Sandy and why it was so powerful.
Students participate in a question and answer session with Meteorologist Ashley Batey.
Students at Sunshine Elementary School learned about weather first-hand from Ashley Batey, meteorologist at WBTV 3 News.
Batey set up a slide show in the media center and talked to the second, fourth and fifth grade classes about her
job and the reasons that storms like Hurricane Sandy occur.
The students and teachers asked Batey
quite a few questions about Hurricane Sandy, and how the full moon played a part in its strength.
"With Hurricane Sandy, we had a couple of things working against us.
It was a really strong storm because of all of the low pressure.
The lower the pressure, the stronger the storm.
With Sandy, we had a pressure of 942 millibars, which is low considering the average pressure is around 1,010.
The lowest pressure we have ever seen was with Hurricane Wilma, which was 895 millibars," Batey
"With the full moon, the tides are farther inland, so there is more water closer to the shore.
That just made matters worse."
also talked to the students about what precautions to take in case of severe weather.
"During severe weather, you just remember to hide from wind and run from water.
If it is a tornado, you need to be in the basement or a room in the middle of the house with no windows," Batey
told the students.
"If you don't have a basement, you can go to the bathroom or a closet.
In many of pictures of the aftermath of a tornado, the only thing left standing is the bathtub or the toilet."
always enjoys talking to students.
"I love it.
You never know what they will ask, so you have to think on your toes.
But this gives them something to add to their classes when they are learning about the weather," Batey