The Cardinal Weather Service: A Student-Driven Community Resource

Authors: Petra Zimmermann*, Ball State University
Topics: Geography Education, Climatology and Meteorology
Keywords: weather, community, education
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download


Initially funded by a grant for a single semester, the Cardinal Weather Service (CWS), a forecasting service guided by faculty but driven by students, has become part of the BS degree in Meteorology and Climatology at Ball State University. The CWS provides daily forecasts and time-sensitive weather information to community clients, including the Cardinal Greenway (Indiana's longest rail trail at 62 miles) and the Delaware County (IN) Emergency Management Agency. I discuss the history of and process behind the formation and development of the service, the benefits to both students and the larger community, its inclusion in the meteorology curriculum, and the issues and obstacles that arise as the service grows, as well as some possible solutions.

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