On Friday, November 22, Dr. Tim Hawkins, professor of geography/earth science, and his meteorology students took a special trip to State College. Students toured the National Weather Service (NWS) and Mid-Atlantic River Forecast Center offices.
During their visit, students were able to climb a tower that took them into a Doppler radar unit. The unit is one of 158 operated by the NWS and is a key component in the agencies severe weather warning operation.
The river forecast center, one of thirteen operated by the NWS, provides daily river forecasts that support agriculture, emergency management and water supply operations. Students met with forecasters and learned about the work they do at the center.