Weather is everyday science

Hurricane Ike at landfall

The first time I realized that science could be something besides chemistry and lab coats was about a week before hurricane Ike made landfall. During that time everyone around me was glued to the TV. They wanted to keep an eye on the storm but thought no way could it hit Houston, all of the predictions said it would go south of us. As the storm started getting closer, 5 days out then 3 days out, it became more and more evident that this hurricane wasn't behaving the way that all of the model predicted; hurricane Ike was much larger and was headed right for Houston.

So because of this all of the meteorologists started explaining the science behind trying to predict the path of a storm. They explained how not only did they use computers to calculate the path but twice a day trained pilots would fly right up to the storm dragging these weather machine contraptions behind them and turn sharply so that the plane wouldn't go into the storm but the weather machines would. Through all of the meteorologist's explanations of hurricane Ike, I realized that this too is science, its science that I had used everyday and had depended on but never really thought of as science. 

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2 years ago
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As someone who also grew up in Houston, I remember learning all about this when I was really young for hurricane Rita as well as Ike. I guess the geography of where you grow up can change when you learn about this type of science. For example, I'm sure that most kids in Oklahoma would not have the same knowledge and depth of hurricane meteorology at young ages!

2 years ago
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As an Oklahoman, I consider myself a meteorology fangirl. Tornado season is my favorite season, and it is one reason I think I might have trouble if I ever leave this state.