The Weathercamp at the City University of New York is a two week program for high school students from the New York City metropolitan area, and has been offered free of charge to 6-12 students selected via an application process since 2009. It generally begins in the last week of July or first week of August, depending on staff scheduling. If you are interested and will have completed the 9th grade by the summer, don’t hesitate to contact the camp director (listed under “Apply Now”) and fill out an application: your chances are better than you think!
The first week is a day camp on the campus of the City College of New York. Concepts of meteorology are demonstrated by hands-on activities whenever possible, and applied to weather observations both locally and around the country. Experts on such topics as severe storms and climate will speak and answer questions. We also visit a local broadcast meteorologist and see how a live forecast is put together.
During the second week we will do a combination of forecasting in the computer lab at City College and a visit to the local National Weather Service (NWS) office located on the campus of Brookhaven National Laboratories. We will camp within walking distance of a beach on the north shore of Long Island, and each morning will go to the National Weather Service office (NWS) for in depth study of weather phenomena, with the afternoons devoted to field observations of the sea breeze effect, the urban heat island, the surface environment and clouds. There are opportunities to help launch weather balloons, and perhaps a discussion of careers in meteorology. If you have never been camping before or have had a bad experience, please read about the weather camp camping experience; nearly every camper has said this was the best part!
Since 2009, 50 students from nearly as many high schools have participated; mainly from the New York City area, but also from as far away as Florida and Arizona. Past campers are pursuing meteorology degrees at universities such as Penn State, Oklahoma and Florida.
If you are interested in the weather, this is a once in a lifetime experience you do not want to miss!