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connec t ion The Mesonet’s Been Everywhere Gary McManus, Associate State Climatologist, has been the one traveling around the state, giving these presentations. “Gary’s information and presentation at the OPREC 14th Annual Crop Production Clinic was great,” said Rick Kochenower, Oklahoma State University Agronomist. “I have received many compliments on the presentation, and producers have told me they may possibly change some crop selections on irrigated ground due to Gary’s presentation.” The Mesonet also partners with teachers via the Mesonet’s K-12 outreach program to increase the use of weather and climate in classroom science curriculum. Andrea Melvin, Mesonet Outreach Programs Coordinator, leads workshops, field trips and summer camps for Oklahoma youth to learn more about science and the weather. “The past several years my students and I have benefited from the Oklahoma Mesonet outreach programs in numerous opportunities,” said Jim Jenkins, Bethel Middle School seventh and eighth grade science teacher. “We have experienced fantastic educational field trips involving many hands-on experiences for my students. As an educator, I have gained a wealth of educational knowledge and many practical laboratory procedures with current data to evaluate. Bethel students have been fortunate to converse with Andrea Melvin concerning their science fair projects. She has been instrumental in helping our students have a sound educational background in the world of science.“ Dusty Hugaboom, Enid High School Secondary Science teacher added, “I believe many of our students who may not have thought of furthering their education consider going to college after having been through this experience. The Mesonet outreach programs are a tremendous asset to public schools.” Volume 4 — Issue 4 — April 2013 www.mesonet.org “I’VE BEEN EVERYWHERE, MAN. I’ve been everywhere, man. Crossed the desert’s bare, man. I’ve breathed the mountain air, man. Of travel I’ve had my share, man. I’ve been everywhere.” Johnny Cash sang these words long ago, but they certainly apply to the Mesonet today. Through various outreach efforts, the Mesonet travels all over the state sharing weather knowledge with emergency managers, firefighters, students, teachers, agriculturalists, and beyond. In 2012, Mesonet staff gave presentations, led training sessions, and worked tradeshow booths at events across the state, totaling over 130 appearances and reaching over 7,500 people. The Mesonet’s outreach efforts have reached from Goodwell to Bartlesville, down to Atoka and across to Lawton, and all over central Oklahoma. With intensifying drought, the Mesonet received more and more requests from various organizations around the state to speak about the Mesonet and drought conditions. Often, –by Stephanie Bowen Gary McManus, Associate State Climatologist, travels around Oklahoma discussing drought and the Mesonet. Photo courtesty of Brent Fuchs, Journal Record.
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Climatological Survey, Oklahoma
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|Title||Mesonet connection, 04/2013, v.4 no.4|
Oklahoma Climatological Survey.
|Purpose||The Mesonet's Been Everywhere by Stephanie Bowen; Mesonet in Pictures Science Fest 2012; Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference; Meteogram for Hooker; City Personnel Pitch in at Mesonet Site;|
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