August 31, 2011

Weather Camp

This group of teens spent their summer getting the forecast on a career in meteorology.

Shelby: Well in today’s You Tell It report, our Channel One interns got to check out how teen weather watchers built their skills over summer break.

Christy Lewis and Sanyee Yuan: Hey, everyone! We are the Channel One News interns. I am Christy Lewis and I am Sanyee Yuan.

We are here at the City College of New York campus on this bright sunny day. And for me, when I think of the sun shining and the birds chirping, I know it is going to be a good day. However, we are going to meet some students who are learning there is more to the sunshine than putting you in a good mood.

Meet Colin Walsh. He is here at the NOAA Crest Weather Camp in New York with the rest of the teens to learn all there is to know about — you guessed it — weather.

Colin has always had a special place in his heart for the weather.

Colin Walsh: When I was little, I would stay up really late and watch storm stories on the Weather Channel.

Christy and Sanyee: That is why he traveled so far to get to the camp. He came to New York all the way from Atlanta, Georgia.

He and the rest of the teens spent the day experimenting. They used stuff you can find around the house.

We want to show them that a lot of the things going on weather-wise throughout the world can be seen by putting things together with their own hands.”

Christy and Sanyee: Like bouncy balls, paper boxes, wheely chairs, and even stuffed animals.

For one experiment, they used black pepper and a cup of water to demonstrate how wind affects ocean currents.

Students don’t spend all day inside the classroom. Organizers say they learn more about the weather through hands on activities.

That is right, and to do that, they head outside. We are about to check out an activity that might make you guys a little sick. It sort of looks like something you would find on a playground. But at the NOAA Crest Weather Camp, it is a scientific tool.

Each teen tried shooting a basket while spinning on the platform. It is called ‘the coriolis effect.’ Something you might learn about in physics class. It is the idea that things move in a straight line, but look curved because of rotation.

Organizer: What was actually curving?

Sttudent: You were curving.

Christy and Sanyee: According to the teens, this activity was…

Teen 1: Educational.

Teen 2: Informative.

Teen 3: Phenomenal.

Teen 4: Weee!

Christy and Sanyee: After learning the weather basics in a few not-so-basic ways, the teens are ready to put their knowledge to use! So, for the second week of camp everyone is heading out. They are going to leave the comfort of the college campus to set up tents in Long Island, New York.

These teens said goodbye to the city skyscrapers and headed into Wildwood State Park for their first outdoor experiment. They hit the beach.

“Welcome to Fire Island.”

Christy and Sanyee: The campers analyzed the sea breeze, the cool wind that blows from the sea toward the land. Their next outdoor experiment involved a giant weather balloon. This high altitude balloon measures temperature, humidity, wind speed, and atmospheric pressure.

“1.2 kilograms to lift. So, he’s going to tie that off from the inflation device and he’s going to attach a parachute on it for the one-in-a-billion chance that the thing actually falls and hits someone on the head.”

Christy and Sanyee: With the fully-inflated balloon in hand, the campers gathered for the exciting launch.

“That string is going to go off…1,2,3.”

Sanyee: As they bid a fond farewell to the weather balloon at sunset, it was also the perfect goodbye for their sunny experience at the NOAA Crest Weather Camp.

For Channel One News, I’m Sanyee Yuan.

Christy: And I’m Christy Lewis.

Shelby: Thanks, guys.

And if you want to try your hand at forecasting the weather, check out the Predict the Weather slideshow at


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