My name is Kevin Jeanes and I am a meteorologist for WXYZ in Detroit.
I normally visit a couple of elementary schools per week after my morning broadcast to teach kids about weather and weather safety. Once kids started staying home, I thought it would be easy to include weather lessons within my forecasts on TV. With everyone’s plans pretty much coming to a halt, most people weren’t upset if I didn’t get right to their weather forecast anyway. I ask for parents to record their kids asking a question, and I answer it. It gets the kids engaged and thinking about science, and they get to see themselves on TV.
I love the simple questions like, “what shape is a raindrop?” because parents usually learn something they haven’t thought about (no, it’s not shaped like a teardrop).
Timely questions are also great because I can explain something that kids just experienced, and have questions about. We had a hail storm recently, and the next question I received through social media was, “How does hail form?”
My hope is that parents will use this as a tool to continue their son or daughter’s education, and that students will continue to ask questions outside of the school year. The weather is always changing, and we’re always surrounded by it, so why not try to understand everything we can about it?
Beyond educating kids about the weather, I want to be a source of positivity and an encouragement to kids out there whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic. Here’s what I personally believe, and hope to communicate to the people I interact with: Just do your best, and don’t compare what you’re doing at home to what others are doing. Nobody is perfect. Everyone is going through this in a different way; financially, physically or mentally. This won’t last forever, so try to enjoy the time you have with your family, and I believe we’ll all come out of this with a better perspective on many aspects of our lives.
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