Not Your Average Summer Camp

Most summer camps need blue skies and moderate temperatures in order for kids to enjoy themselves.  But not when the camp itself has to do with weather.  This week at the downtown Houston Weather Research Center kids have been attending the center's annual Weathercamp.


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This isn’t your average summer camp.

“What’s todays topic?  Hurricanes.”

This camp is all about weather.  The topic at weather camp was hurricanes and it just so happens there’s a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico that could turn into a hurricane.  Opal Pierce is an engineering student and a volunteer at the camp.

“We teach them hurricane evacuations, different hurricane kits, different things to put into your hurricane kit, how to be prepared.  Yesterday we had tornado alley, so we taught them where to be inside your house. Even if you’re in your car or wherever you are how to be safe, whether it’s a hurricane or tornado.”

The Weather Research Center is a nonprofit group that trains people who want to be meteorologists.  Not the ones you see on TV or hear on the radio, but people who work at places such as the National Weather Center. Fifth grader Brennan Fane could be one of them after enjoying today’s weather experiment.

“We made barometers to tell what the weather is like, if it’s changing.”

Using balloons and soda bottles, the students make barometers to learn about high and low pressure systems.

“There was low pressure and the water rose, and it stuck to the glass because of low pressure.”

“At this stage, the ‘tropical depression’ stage, it doesn’t get a name at this point.”

The people who run the camp aren’t sure why, but they say they get a lot more boys than girls. But regardless, Opal Pierce says the students learn a lot while having fun at the same time.

“It’s just a really good experience and they always seem to come back.”

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