ESTC Workshops--WeatherReady Chesapeake

This workshop series was held at the NOAA Center for Climate and Weather Prediction in College Park, Maryland, on January 24 and February 14, 2013.

Weather affects our daily lives in so many ways. Sometimes the weather makes a day at the beach, on the water, at the park, or in the yard an absolute joy, and sometimes we are glued to the television, computer, or phone watching a storm come our way and preparing for what it may bring. The Weather Ready Chesapeake Workshop Series brought together weather science professionals and educators to support a deeper understanding of weather in the region and the many ways it influences our personal and professional lives.

During this workshop series, participants explored weather in the Chesapeake region, consideedr the scientific underpinning our knowledge of weather, and discussed emerging science exploring how weather affects living resources throughout the watershed. A central theme of this workshop series was to demonstrate ways in which weather topics can be applied to education programming in the region. Participants focused on the basics of weather and related systems, the connections between weather and climate, and what it takes to be weather ready in the Chesapeake region. Workshop goals:

  • Environmental educators develop an understanding of the scientific underpinnings of the weather system in the Chesapeake Bay region.
  • Provide participants access to and knowledge of tools for exploring issues related to weather and weather science.
  • Provide participants with access to and knowledge of quality existing education resources that will help us understand and contribute to field and classroom-based weather activities.
  • Cultivate hands-on/field-based activities for illustrating (conducting) the components of weather related systems.
  • Provide the opportunity for educators and scientists to interact on topics related to weather in the Chesapeake Bay.