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Name: Michael
Status: student
Grade: 9-12
Location: MD
Country: N/A
Date: 7/22/2005

I am a Junior this year in High School and I want to volunteer at a weather facility or program. I think I want to be a Meteorologist or more precisely a "storm chaser". My mom tells me she does not know of any African American Storm Chasers. Can you tell me if there are any facilities or programs that might consider a student volunteer located near or in Frederick or New Market, Maryland. My school requires 100 hours of volunteer service for graduation.


Mike, I did a "Google" search on the term "storm chaser" and found both an organization home page as well as a number of contacts. This is dangerous business so I am not sure how easy it will be to get in the "loop" at the high school level but a study in meteorology seems a prerequisite at the college level. I suggest just contacting the various organizations and see what function/capacity you might serve -- even if you just had to start as a data "logger" it is a start. I see no reason why African American heritage would have any impediment to this career area. Good luck and give it a try.

Vince Calder

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