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Project ATMOSPHERE: Sensing, Analyzing, and Forecasting


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AMS/NOAA Workshop for Precollege Teachers of Atmospheric Sciences Topics

July 12 - 24, 2015

National Weather Service Training Center

Kansas City, Missouri


July 12 - 24, 2015. Application Closing date March 20, 2015

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The Project Atmosphere is a two-week teacher professional development workshop offered by the American Meteorological Society's Education Program. This project is specifically designed for precollege teachers who teach science courses with atmospheric content.

The Workshop is intended to:

  • Introduce teachers to the latest technologies and techniques for sensing, analyzing, and forecasting weather

  • Explore and suggest ways in which the products of these technologies and techniques can be employed in school studies of the atmospheric environment

  • Prepare workshop attendees to conduct training sessions on selected atmospheric science topics for teachers in their home regions during the next school year

  • Encourage participation in DataStreme Atmosphere Local Implementation Teams

Each participant will be supplied with a variety of instructional resource materials, including those to be used in peer-led teacher training sessions.

After successful completion of workshop activities, participants will:

  • Demonstrate updated knowledge concerning the sensing, analysis, and prediction of atmospheric conditions

  • Show evidence of being able to interpret and analyze weather information acquired through direct and remote sensing of the environment

  • Exhibit understanding of major weather systems and features, especially those that bring on hazardous conditions

  • Indicate how they intend to promote weather education in their home areas by peer training fellow teachers, especially those who teach students who are members of groups under-represented in the sciences


Project Atmosphere will be held at the U.S. National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  The intensive workshop includes lectures, tutorials, seminars, hands-on laboratory exercises, and field trips.  National Weather Service and other NOAA personnel will present a variety of topics dealing with the sensing, analyzing, and forecasting of weather.  Presentations will be articulated with science content and weather education presentations led by workshop faculty.

The workshop will focus on the sensing, analyzing, and forecasting of weather and include the following topics: 

  • Surface and upper-air observations and analysis

  • Radar imagery and interpretation

  • Satellite magery interpretation

  • Weather forecasting

  • Thunderstorms and severe storms

  • Hurricanes

  • Global climate change

  • Teaching and dissemination of weather information

Activities typically extend from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm each day.  A field trip is planned for Saturday, July 18th.


Workshop Faculty:

  • James A. Brey, Workshop Co-Director, Director, Education Program, American Meteorological Society, Washington, DC

  • Robert S. Weinbeck, Workshop Co-Director, Associate Professor, Department of the Earth Sciences, State University of New York - Brockport; Associate Director, AMS Education Program

Past Presenters:

  • John L. Hayes, Director, National Weather Service, NOAA, Silver Spring, MD

  • Louis W. Uccellini, Director, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Weather Service, Washington, DC

  • Bill Read, Director, Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service, Miami, FL

  • Joseph T. Schaefer, Director, Storm Prediction Center, National Weather Service, Norman, OK

  • Ronald Przyblinski, National Weather Service Forecast Office, St. Louis, MO

  • Jerry M. Griffin, Master Instructor, Forecast Operations Programs, NWSTC, Kansas City, MO


The National Weather Service Training Center (NWSTC) will host the Workshop.  NWSTC is one of the best equipped meteorological training facilities in the world.  It has computerized weather information systems found in NWS forecast offices, satellite and weather radar display systems, and a meteorology laboratory, and is outfitted with classrooms, laboratories, and a full staff of instructors and support personnel.  NWSTC is collocated with the NWS Central Region Headquarters and the NWS Aviation Weather Center which is responsible for commercial and private aviation forecasting for the entire United States.


To be eligible for Project Atmosphere, teachers and supervisors of precollage science should:

  • Have sufficient college-level training to profit from the material presented

  • Teach or supervise the instruction of meteorology or an applicable course

  • Demonstrated leadership in teaching, curriculum development, and/or the in-service training of fellow teachers

  • Help promote weather education in their home regions, including a minimum of two training sessions for precollege teachers upon completion of the workshop

Participants will be selected to provide a national geographic distribution and a cross-section of school environments—inner city, urban, suburban, and rural. Teachers interested in promoting minority participation in science are strongly encouraged to apply.


All communications concerning the workshop and applications should be sent to:

Dr. James A. Brey, Co-Director
AMS/NOAA Teachers Workshop
American Meteorological Society
1200 New York Ave NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005

or faxed to:


All completed applications should be postmarked by March 20, 2015, although later submission will be considered if workshop vacancies exist. Initial notification of workshop awards and alternates will be made via letter.

In selecting individuals for participation and otherwise in the administration of this workshop, the AMS will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, and status as a Vietnam Era or disabled veteran.


Participants may earn three semester hours of graduate credit in ESC 671 Selected Weather Topics through the State University of New York College at Brockport, upon satisfactory completion of the workshop and the submission of a follow-up report of their weather education activities. Credit will be awarded at the end of the Fall 2015 semester and may be applied to the Master of Science in Education degree at SUNY Brockport.


  • Stipend of $600

  • Single hotel room for twelve nights, arranged by AMS

  • Food and incidentals allowance of $350

  • Round-trip air or land travel from US home to Kansas City, MO

  • Instructional and laboratory supplies

  • Tuition

  • A set of instructional materials


Participants will be expected to stay in hotel accommodations arranged by the AMS as the Workshop will be intensive and will involve several evening meetings.  Informal interaction among participants will be an integral component of the workshop.

Participants should attend without families as their presence is likely to detract from full participation. No support will be provided for dependents.

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