But for others, summer is the time to drive hundreds of miles to stand in the path of destruction: storm chase.
SUNY Oswego, a college in upstate New York, is offering a summer meteorology class that quite literally crisscrosses the Great Plains–Tornado Alley–researching extreme weather.
The College’s Storm Forecasting and Observation class of 15 students will hit the road in the beginning of June 2014. The daily path of the student researchers, also hailing (get it?) from fellow SUNY campus The College at Brockport, is determined by where the probability of extreme weather will provide the best observation and learning opportunities.
“Every morning, we’ll have a forecast discussion as a guide. Then we’ll travel to our target zone where we believe we’ll have the best chance to observe storms,” said program coordinator Scott Steiger. “I want students to be able to learn how to forecast the weather, but also how to observe the weather. By going out, looking at clouds, feeling the temperature and the moisture in the air, they are learning by observing.”
Top photo via Oswego Chasers on Twitter
Maxwell is the Coordinator of Digital Engagement for The State University of New York.