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Brad Panovich of NBC news teaches 5th grade students about weather!

Brad Panovich shows weather tools

Brad Panovich - lead meteorologist for NBC Charlotte came and spoke to the 5th graders about weather, to aid in learning about this complicated unit. Mr. Panovich spoke to the students about why he decided to be a meteorologist, and his interest in science and big snow storms growing up in Ohio. He talked to the students about how to forecast weather by looking outside and paying attention to atmospheric pressure, demonstrated high and low pressure by creating a cloud. Showed weather instruments, different kinds, their use, and history. Discussed the importance of weather forecasts in all different areas of commerce. Next, he discussed storms, and demonstrated an updraft, and a tornado with his tornado simulator. We get 1200 a year in the USA. They only last 3-4 mins, and get as wide as a football field. Fastest tornado ever reported in the USA was 301 mph.we learned how the wind isn't dangerous, it's the debris that gets picked up and thrown out. From here he discussed the importance of tornado drills, and how to stay safe if there is a tornado, and coming up with a plan to stay safe. We have an average 20 tornadoes in NC a year. A tornado is a rotating column of air. Sometimes you can't see them if there isn't enough moisture or anything to pick up off the ground. Overall the kids had great questions and we really enjoyed learning more about weather from an expert! 

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