On today’s show I talk to a friend from my time out chasing with the Center for Severe Weather Research. Since the last time we saw each other in the summer of 2012, Lauren and I have both gotten married and started our own entrepreneurial ventures. While I have veered a bit away from my academic background in meteorology for more social endeavors, Lauren has veered away from her degree in Political Science to begin weather endeavors.
Lauren’s interest is in bridging the gap between society’s understanding of the weather and the way that scientists communicate warnings and other information. In this episode, she talks about how she has taught herself about meteorology through various online resources so that she could be more informed while out in the field and while doing outreach in the community.
You’re going to hear a lot of weather terms dropped that you may not be familiar with! If you want to learn more, check out some of these resources that Lauren mentioned during the show:
- UCAR’s MetEd: Learn basic to advanced meteorology through various modules
- iTornado Experience: An interactive ebook written by Lauren and her dad, who also chases storms
- Penn State Online Weather Forecasting Certificate: Pay to get certified by one of the top meteorology programs in the world
Other fun facts:
- If you run into Lauren while chasing, she can tell you the location of and directions to the nearest Starbucks. I think she drinks about 5 frappuccinos a day.
- Lauren and I both deployed tornado pods with CSWR for scientific research. They are heavy.
- Lauren also runs a social media consulting business. Another multi-passionate Millennial entrepreneur!
Challenges for YOU this week:
- Reasonable challenge: Pick a topic you want to learn more about like Lauren did with meteorology. Figure out how much you are willing to invest to get familiar with it. Do a bit of research and outline your options.
- Bigger challenge: Sign up for a course! It can be a yoga class, an online certification program, or a full graduate degree. Tell me what you’re up to on Twitter or Facebook!