Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com)
When the weather gets wild, meteorologists get working.
Spreading the word takes the joint effort of operational meteorologists like those at the National Weather Service and those that you see on TV.
Northland College in Ashland trains students in both those disciplines.
Two years ago, the college's new meteorology professor turned up the lessons a notch.
"He changed it to meet the American Meteorology Society's standards for meteorology students so we can be AMS certified right out of the gate after graduation." said student Kevin Haas.
The meteorology major has 15 students.
Half are interested in behind the scenes work.
The other half train at KBJR 6 and Range 11 to go on air.
Ben Roob from the Milwaukee area has been interested in that kind of work since childhood.
"I've been interested in weather my whole life. It's always interested me and I've always loved watching storms and staying up late watching lightning and storms come in." said Roob.
Northland's broadcast meteorology practicum gives the students a chance to work on their delivery and stage presence.
"The biggest thing is don't touch your face and don't touch your glasses either." said student Colton Eddy.
I've been the adjunct practicum instructor for the broadcast students for years.
"Graduates of the program have found jobs as far away as Yuma, Arizona and as close as right here.
Our morning meteorologist Adam Lorch is a graduate." said reporter Dave Anderson.
The practicum often serves as a stepping stone to further education in the meteorology field.
Anna Jensen from the Madison area will intern next month at our sister NBC station in her home area.
Her training load will be varied.
"Making forecasts, working in front of the green screen and maybe some reporting that I've never done before." said Jensen.
Because Northland is a small school, hands on training like that is one of the forte's of the meteorology program.
"You're going to get hands on. Our biggest classroom holds 45 students so the major is there to help you and the professors definitely want you to succeed." said Haas.
In Duluth, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.
High school students interested in majoring in meteorology should be ready for classes in covering the atmosphere, chemistry and plenty of math. St Cloud State is another college close to our region that offers a major in meteorology.