Everybody talks about the weather, but it's way more fun to be in the conversation when you know something about it...
I'm going to do a three-part series here in the weather blog this week, highlighting some of the frequently asked questions about meteorology and TV Weather forecasting. Today: how to get into the biz. (Tuesday: Questions about our workday and how we make a forecast. Wednesday: Why we do some of the things we do in a TV forecast, such as try and forecast out 7 days.)
Meteorology is an interesting niche study but it has its benefits. I mean, everyone thinks it's the only job in the world where you can be wrong 99.99999995% of the time and still be employed! :)
But I love it as it's never the same day twice, and there's always something new to learn. Even the 40 year vets can still see something that they've never seen before.
If you're in high school or about to start college and want to join the ranks of the cloud heads, I've got some web sites to get you started.
First one is from our online Weather FAQ, which I wrote a few years ago. It has some course suggestions and also links to companies that hire meteorologists, although what I have is just the tip of the iceberg.
One good resource in there is the to get a good idea of what you're getting yourself into. (Physics and math, anyone?) Both Steve Pool and I can vouch for the department, and it's the only school in the Pacific Northwest offering an undergraduate meteorology degree.
Don't want to go to UW? (Perish the thought! :) )There is also this link to a list of colleges and universities that offer degrees in meteorology or atmospheric sciences. (This list is quite a few years old, so there might be a few outdated links).