Best Place to Be a Junior Meteorologist - 2001
Skinner Middle School
Meteorologists are made, not born. Seventh-graders at Skinner get the chance to not only give morning weather reports but also do serious scientific data gathering, thanks to the state-of-the-art weather station on the roof of the school. One of only six in the country donated by Canadian climatologist Reese Halter, founder of Global Forest, the weather station monitors everything from rainfall and snowfall accumulations to ultraviolet radiation and heat stress. The students download the data weekly and transfer it to Global Forest's site, where it's analyzed by scientists at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. The forecast is sunny.