Ashley Hopkins, Staff Writer |
On this week’s forecast: Fun! If you’re looking for a new group of friends that are passionate about all things weather, look no further. The Meteorology Club is always looking for new people to join their team!
Alice Brennan, the President of the Meteorology Club, urges anyone who is interested in weather to join! “Meteorology club is a very fun and enjoyable space to get together and talk about the atmosphere,” said Brennan. “I joined my freshman year and was welcomed with open arms, and as the President, I try to keep that same atmosphere,” Brennan said that while many people from meteorology-related majors are part of the club, there are also plenty of people who are from outside majors.
“Meetings involve any updates within the department that we want to share with members, and to share details about any fun activities we have coming up! We also always talk about any relevant weather occurring,” said Brennan. Meteorology Club had their most recent event, “Paint by Perna,” Friday, Oct. 1. Attendees were able to sit outside in the beautiful weather while painting something relating to nature. In the past, the club has also done events like trivia night where winners could get gift cards to restaurants and stores in the Oneonta area.
Besides smaller campus events, hiking, and painting, Meteorology Club is involved in conferences to help both majors and non-majors network in the field. “The big conference we try to go to every year is the American Meteorological Society (AMS), which is when meteorologists from around the country gather to share research and network,” said Brennan.
The conference that Brennan referenced is the world’s largest yearly gathering for the weather, water, and climate community according to the AMS website. Being able to attend the conference is an amazing opportunity! The club also goes on field trips to places like Thatcher Park, Ottawa Canada, Mount Washington, and more. Most recently the Meteorology Club went to Thatcher Park and saw beautiful waterfalls while taking a hike. The club is a perfect mix for those who are passionate about the weather and love to be in nature.
One of the most fun activities you can experience in the Meteorology Club is being able to try out broadcasting with their greenscreen! If you are looking to work on a news station as a meteorologist, being comfortable in front of a green screen is a very useful skill to have. Having that kind of experience is also something great to add to a resume!
If you would like to join in on the fun, the Meteorology Club meets every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Perna Science, room 309.