There are often times local events held by different organizations that ask the news stations in their area if they’d be able to have a reporter, anchor, meteorologist speak to the crowd about a particular topic. This can be a great opportunity for both news personalities and the organization to raise awareness and educate the public on various topics. The KFOR team has a great program called “Weather School”. The Meteorologist will go to a school assembly and talk about how to be ‘weather aware’ and go over safety precautions to take when a tornado is headed their way. The kids love it, the teachers love it, and the Meteorologist has a great time and gets to feature the kids on the news that night.
Adults need training too. Aaron recently got to be a guest speaker for the FAA Safety Team’s “Safer Skies Through Education” Program. The topic: “Weather (the complex part)” : Weather far beyond a simple briefing. Ooooh, sounds enticing! The talk was going to be about :30 minutes for Aaron on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, so I decided to attend! When we got to the meeting we found that the speakers were running behind, about an hour behind, so I got to hear all about the ‘complex part of weather’ from various different guest speakers ranging from Air Traffic Controllers, to Navigators, and aviation weather experts walking us through their websites. I’d like to say it was exciting, engaging, interesting, and educational, but WOW, I had no idea what the heck they were talking about! I felt like I had regressed back to being 3rd grader listening, but not comprehending anything, and fighting to keep my eyes open and hide my yawning!
I’ve concluded I’m not the best at hiding when I am bored, lost, confused, the teacher/instructor usually knows exactly where I’m at mentally based off my doodling, my yawning, and general lack of interest. Not that this FAA meeting was boring in anyway, I just didn’t know what the heck was going on. However, they did have delicious brownies that I inhaled–> worth it!
Anyways, Aaron’s turn finally came, and there was an excitement in the room. Everyone went from this:
When Aaron got up to talk. Aaron pretty much came down the lecture hall looking like this:
But in reality, here is a video of how it really went down:
So all-in-all, I’d have to say it went pretty well! I don’t think I’ll be becoming a pilot anytime soon, which should make my father breathe a sigh of relief, I also won’t be attending anything that is labeled “The Complex Part” in any category, and I also would like to avoid college lecture halls as much as possible to try and maintain my overcompensation of alertness: