Butler County Times Gazette
  • Students hear special presentation on weather

  • Students taking weather-related classes as part of the USD 490 Summer Academy heard from a guest speaker last week.
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  • Students taking weather-related classes as part of the USD 490 Summer Academy heard from a guest speaker last week.
    Seventh grader Austin Althouse, from Douglass, came to El Dorado to talk to the students about weather.
    He has had a love of weather since he was in the third grade.
    "At first I had a fear of weather, then it turned into a passion," he said.
    He uses a weather radio and the computer to learn more about the weather.
    He also shares information about the weather with others through his Web sites, austinlandweather.com and awlweatheralertservice.webs.com. He puts information and weather alerts on the sites.
    Althouse, who wants to be a meteorologist when he grows up, started out his presentation with definitions of weather and meteorology before going on to talk about types of clouds and what is used to watch and predict the weather.
    He also covered the difference between watches and warnings and other safety tips.
    "A watch usually comes first, but not always," he said.
    His presentation continued focusing on tornados, how they form, tornado safety and tornado alley.
    Althouse also talked about hailstones, lightning, thunder, floods and high and low pressure systems.
    He completed his presentation with a quiz for the students over the topics he had covered, then the students could look at the weather items he brought.
    He hopes to one day work either on television, for the National Weather Service or for the Storm Prediction Center.
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