Our meteorology program at UNC is a family. We pride ourselves on providing small
classes, hands-on practical learning activities, and a number of 'out of classroom'
experiences to prepare students for the real world.
ESCI 491: Storm Chasing in the Great Plains (Contemporary Field Issues)
In this course, students predict, observe, and communicate the formation, development, and structure of severe weather phenomena across the U.S. Great Plains.
- Daily applications in the scientific method
- Conduct student-led weather briefings and forecast the atmospheric conditions that produce severe weather
- Collect weather observations in the field
- Report severe storm information to the National Weather Service
- On non-chase days, conduct mini science experiments and visit meteorological sites, such as the National Weather Center and NCAR Wyoming supercomputer
MET 462: Extreme Mountain Weather
This course covers the complexities of severe weather in mountain environments, particularly here in Colorado.
- Topics include winter weather and avalanches, extreme wind storms, terrain-induced thunderstorms, and fire weather
- Participate in a weather and snow science field weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park as related to avalanche forecasting
I take students to Denver7 News (ABC) in November and December each year to run weather travel hotlines for viewers.
- Meet local broadcast meteorologists
- Help members of the public plan their holiday travel
- Practice your weather communication skills
- Be on television!