4th grade students at Veterans Park School recently learned first hand how on-air meteorologists prepare for their daily broadcast from Western Mass News channel 40 morning meteorologist, Dan Brown. During his visit he shared personal, behind the scenes information about his life “telling weather stories.”
Brown explained to students that there are three things he always does in preparation of a broadcast-
Check his instruments and computer models so he has up-to-date and accurate information.
Creates graphics for the green screen to explain his weather story (showing students the remote he uses to control the graphics of the green screen).
Applies his on air make-up so he looks presentable under the bright lights.
After listening to Brown explain all that he does prior to seeing him on the air, Hunter Beaulieu commented, “I didn't realize how hard it was to broadcast because you need a green screen, and he has to practice."
Brown went on to discuss the four types of precipitation (rain, snow, hail, sleet), lightning, floods, mudslides and forest fires. 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Elysa Burstein, explained this information complemented the current science (weather) curriculum being taught in 4th grade.
Students were excited to learn many new and interesting weather facts. Owen Mortimer commented, “I was surprised at how quickly lightning can hit the ground." Summarizing the visit James Dias stated, "I never thought I would have such an experience to learn so much about meteorology."
After spending several minutes answering student questions Brown concluded his presentation with the most unexpected, but for many students, and staff, very welcomed weather related announcement… due to the impending snowstorm school will be dismissed early!