National Weather Camp at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

 

Our Next UNL Weather Camp is Sunday, June 10 - Friday, June 15, 2018

Applications are available at this link>>>>  https://4h.unl.edu/big-red-camps


Weather Campers visiting the U.S. Air Force 557th Weather Wing, June 2017

NEW: Weather Camp Information Card

What is Weather Camp?

Weather Camp is a week-long residential camp, i.e. the campers will spend the week on campus and stay overnight in our East Campus dorms. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as Morning and afternoon snacks are provided each day.

Our camp theme is "DISCOVER Weather and Climate Science".
Come and find out how scientists observe and forecast the weather as well as monitor the changing climate. During the week, participants will use instruments to make their own weather observations; learn how to forecast the weather; visit with National Weather Service forecasters; learn about the local weather and climate of Nebraska; from tornadoes to blizzards; explore how drones are used in research; learn about storm preparedness; and, using our UNL TV weather studio, each camper will create a video of their weathercaster experience in front of the green screen. We will also conduct experiments throughout the week inside the classroom as well as outside to demonstrate basic weather and climate processes. Participants will also meet actual scientists and learn more about weather and climate related careers. Spend the week with other students who enjoy weather and science just like you! Hosted and taught by the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and UNL College of Arts and Sciences.

Related Careers: 

Weather Forecaster, Television Weathercaster, Weather and Climate Researcher, Applied Climatologist, Climate Data Resource Specialist, Planning Agencies, Environmental Protection Agency, Science Teacher

Where does the UNL Weather Camp take place?

Most events at Weather Camp will take place in Bessey Hall, city campus (transportation will be provided to daily transport the students from the dorm on East Campus to city campus), Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  A few field trips are planned and will require travel to local places. Permission to travel will be required and transportation will be provided for the campers.

Recent Weather Camp Activities included:
A Visit with the Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the National Weather Service
Meeting a television weathercaster
Touring the National Weather Service forecast office
Seeing Storm Chase Tornado Intercept movies
Meeting several weather and climate scientists
Learning about weather, climate and other science careers
Conducting actual weather experiments in our lab and outside using instruments
Meeting Nebraska State Climate Office Director to learn about careers in climate
Meeting the director of the High Plains Regional Climate Center
Forecasting severe weather using the NWS Warning Simulator in our lab
Touring Memorial Stadium and collecting micro-climate data in the stadium
Doing actual weather research in our computer lab

ELIGIBILITY:

Although the camp is intended for students entering grades 10, 11 or 12 in the fall, if space is available, we can also accept students who are entering Grade 9 in the fall. AND, we can also admit students who are graduating this spring from High School >>>contact the weather camp director, Ken Dewey, (kdewey1@unl.edu) directly for this request.

What was new at the most recent June 11-16, 2017 Weather Camp?

We took a field trip to Omaha to visit the Advanced Weather Information Processing Development Laboratory at the Raytheon Facility. We visited the Air Force Weather Agency Forecast Office and toured their global weather forecasting facility. We toured LI-COR a major manufacturing facility for weather and climate instruments.

What's new for the upcoming June 10-15, 2018 Weather Camp?

Drones!  We will explore the use of drones in weather and science research as well as geographic studies and emergency management assistance. 


Check out the slide show of our Camp to the right>>>>>

And check out our photo gallery links listed below here.

Weather Camp Photo Galleries

Weather Camp June 2017
Weather Camp June 2016
Weather Camp June 2015
Weather Camp June 2014
Weather Camp June 2013
Weather Camp June 2012
Weather Camp June 2011

 

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How do I apply?


The LINK to the 2018 application will be available later this Spring 2018.
Check back often to see the announcement.

Space is very limited so plan on applying as soon as possible.

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National Weather Camp Program.

The University of Nebraska was accepted into the National Weather Camp Program
in 2011 as a member of a growing network of Weather Camps offered throughout
the U.S. Learn more about the national program at this LINK.

Weather Camp Sponsors:

College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, UNL
LI-COR Instruments
Geography Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Raytheon
UNL Extension
UNL 4-H

UNL Weather camp Director: Dr. Ken Dewey
(email: kdewey1@unl.edu; Phone: 402-472-2908)

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor of our weather camp? CLICK HERE

Weather Camp Promotional Posters:
UNL Weather Camp 2016 Poster
UNL Weather Camp 2015 Poster
UNL Weather Camp 2014 Poster
UNL Weather Camp 2013 Poster
UNL Weather Camp 2012 Poster

National Weather Camp Meeting, Atlanta, GA, February 2014:
Two UNL Weather Camp Posters

LINKS:
National Weather Camp Program
News Story about our Weather Camp (2014)
News Story about our Weather Camp (2013)
News Story about our Weather Camp (2013)