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Meteorology Program

WKU meteorology students present research at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (2013) in Austin, TX.

WKU students pose with a tornado near Campo, CO during the 2010 Field Methods in Weather Analysis and Forecasting course.

WKU was designated as a StormReady® University in the Spring 2013 Semester by the NWS. Meteorologists from the NWS in Louisville and WKU President Gary Ransdell were on hand for the designation presentation on March 20th.

Storm Team members work during severe weather coverage in Storm Center 12. Photo courtesy of Ryan Duvall.

Victoria Hampton, a rising senior in the meteorology program at WKU, was recently awarded a paid summer internship with the 2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program. Click for details.

Dr. Bill Gail, president of the American Meteorological Society, spoke to WKU meteorology students via Skype during a recent AMS/NWA local chapter meeting.

WNKY (CBS/NBC 40) meteorologists Chris Johnson (alum '14) & Andrew Dockery (current student), along with Radar the weather dog, visit with campers at the annual WKU Weather Camp.

 
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  WKU Meteorology Program


The B.S. in Meteorology degree at WKU is the only meteorology program in Kentucky or Tennessee that meets all the Federal Civil Service requirements (GS-1340) for employment by the National Weather Service and enables TV broadcast meteorologists to immediately pursue the "Certified Broadcast Meteorologist" program of the American Meteorological Society upon graduation.  In addition to preparing students for immediate employment as meteorologists, the combination of advanced theoretical and applied coursework as well as experience with meteorological instrumentation and computer programming will provide a foundation for students who wish to pursue graduate school in the atmospheric sciences.  Students will become more directly involved in faculty-sponsored research, increased co-authorship of peer-reviewed research articles, and increased presentation of research results at professional meetings and conferences.


 

 

Storm Chase Course

 

Each May, 6-8 WKU meteorology students embark on a 2 week journey to the US Great Plains to forecast and find severe weather.  Dr. Durkee and Dr. Dixon lead this storm chasing course more formally known as Field Methods in Weather Analysis & Forecasting. The course is offered as a capstone experience class for upper-level meteorology majors. To learn more about this course at WKU, click here.

 

Alumni Spotlight

Photo of Marcus Bagwell a WKU 2013 Meteorology AlumMarcus Bagwell, a 2013 WKU graduate in meteorology, is now the weekend meteorologist and weather producer at KETK (NBC affiliate) in Tyler, TX.

For more stories from WKU meteorology alumni, including what they do now with their meteorology degree and their WKU meteorology experience, click here.

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