A new weather station recently was installed on the green roof at STLCC-Wildwood. Pictured are, from left, student Bryan Ebner; John Fuller, KPLR 11 chief meteorologist; Patrick Vaughn, Wildwood's vice president for academic affairs; students Trevor Dannegger and Scott Ewers; Jen McCurdy, instructor; and student Susan Janik.
Pictured are, from left, student Bryan Ebner; John Fuller, KPLR 11 chief meteorologist; Patrick Vaughn, Wildwood's vice president for academic affairs; students Trevor Dannegger and Scott Ewers; Jen McCurdy, instructor; and student Susan Janik.
The class is taught by John Fuller, chief meteorologist for KPLR 11.
Students learn about weather, the forces that create specific weather patterns and phenomena, and global weather patterns.
They also participate in weather forecasting by using daily public weather information, for which the weather station will be used.
Their forecasts are recorded and broadcast on the college's internal TV monitors.
explained that meteorologists use the weather stations to look at data for a specific area, but also look at aggregated data to get a picture of weather across the entire country and world.
Visitors to the website can click on a map and then zoom in or out and see where all the weather stations are located and the data they receive.
"There are thousands of weather stations across the country.
Some are at colleges.
Some are at businesses and some are in backyards.
When you zoom in and out on the map, you can see how many areas have temperatures within certain ranges, like 20 to 30 degrees, for example," Fuller
The campus is also the location for one of the most western digital weather cameras in the St. Louis area.
It serves as one of the earliest ways that westward rolling storms can be detected without radar.
Viewers of Fox 2 News and KPLR 11
will recognize shots of the campus shown during the weather broadcast from this camera.
"The weather station will give us even more data about incoming storms," said Fuller
"The station not only provides our teachers with an educational tool that increases engagement with our students, but also provides valuable data that helps local forecasters like John Fuller
provide up to date and local weather information for our local communities."