The idea for the camera's location came from John Fuller, meteorologist for KPLR 11 and FOX 2, and Afzal Lodhi, chair of sciences, social sciences and physical education.
The two brainstormed the idea when Fuller began teaching meteorology classes for STLCC in 2011.
"Different views of the area help us to develop an overview of what's happening weather-wise," said Fuller
uses the camera extensively in his
In addition to providing a live shot, he
also can take a stream and manipulate it with his
software to show time-lapsed photos of the weather.
The camera can be manipulated through a smart phone; the meteorologists have full access to its information from anywhere.
also uses the camera as a teaching tool in his
"Meteorology students use it to observe sky conditions, approaching severe weather and winter hazards," he
"And they get a better understanding when I can show them certain kinds of weather conditions."
will teach meteorology again this fall, and students will learn why we have weather, the forces that create specific weather patterns and phenomena, global weather patterns and will participate in weather forecasting using daily public weather information.