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Television Meteorologist Visits Wells Junior High School to Forecast Weather and Speak to Students

posted Feb 6, 2014, 8:48 AM by Fran Prentice

On January 22nd, WMTW Channel 8 TV Meteorologist Mallory Brooke and crew visited Wells Junior High School to broadcast several early morning weather forecasts live via satellite transmission to Channel 8 as part of the television station’s “Weather At Your School” feature.

Produced were two broadcasts per half hour beginning at 4:30 a.m. and ending at 7:00 a.m.  They featured Brooke tag teaming the weather with fellow Meteorologist Matt Zidle who was back in studio.  Following these broadcasts, Brooke visited a classroom to make a presentation to almost two dozen students and staff.  

A video about weather forecasting produced at Channel 8 was shown followed by a computer presentation and discussion about various aspects of Brooke’s job.  She talked about the resources she has available to make forecasts including information from the National Weather Service, observations from area airports and weather balloons, satellite data, computer generated weather models, prior personal experience, intuition and education. 

“It’s wonderful.  I love coming to speak to different students across the state,” said Brooke, who added that this was her second visit to WJHS with the first being last March.  “It’s always fun.  I love getting questions from the kids and I love forecasting with them. That they can see how we forecast visually is really important.”

Brooke, who is from New Jersey, has been with WMTW, Channel 8 since August of 2011.  As of May of this year, she will have been a television meteorologist for 6 years.  Brooke holds a B.S. Degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University.

At WJHS with Brooke was photojournalist Jared Bechard and satellite truck operator Keith Kettlehut.  A short video of Brooke’s visit to WJHS was also produced and shown later on Channel 8 News and Weather.

 

Caption:  Talking with students at Wells Junior High School on January 22, 2014 is Mallory Brooke from WMTW Channel 8 News and Weather.

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