Stand Up and Be Heard!

Whether pursuing studies in the classroom or scanning monitors and delivering broadcast reports before the green screen at the university’s Weather Center, meteorology students at Western not only learn the science and mechanics of predicting weather, but also the presentation skills needed to convey their forecasts effectively.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in meteorology — the only bachelor’s degree program in meteorology offered at a Connecticut university — have the choice of concentrations in theoretical or operational meteorology. Theoretical courses in meteorology and atmospheric science are designed to provide the foundation for prospective careers in government weather services, environmental research and related subjects. The operational, or “weathercasting,” option offers experience in the Weather Center delivering live radio forecasts and taping television forecasts.

Western’s Meteorology Club is recognized as a chapter of the American Meteorological Society and WCSU students compete annually in the National Collegiate Weather Forecasting Competition.

During the academic year, the meteorology department welcomes middle and high school students from Danbury and Bethel to the Western campus to participate in weekly sessions exploring weather forecasting and hurricane research under the guidance of WCSU faculty and students. This outreach initiative is offered as part of the university’s Building a Bridge to Student Success program. The Junior Weather People program admits students recommended by science teachers at Broadview and Rogers Park middle schools in Danbury, and Bethel Middle School. Danbury and Bethel high school students with an interest in science work with Dr. Albert Owino, WCSU director of meteorological studies and the Weather Center, to study fundamentals of hurricane development and forecasting.

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Director of the Weather Center Dr. Albert Owino works with Emily Roehler, vice president of the Meteorology Club.

Kerri Copello, a May 2011 graduate of the meteorology program, is already working as an on-air meteorologist at Fox 31 WFXL-TV in Albany, Ga.