Sunday, April 17, 2011

Who we are...what we do
As Smashmouth would say, "it doesn't make sense not to live for fun"

Ready to make an impact and pursue your passion for weather? Foot's Forecast is more than just a name of its founder, it is a belief in the power of engaged students and supportive professionals. Our diversified U.S. team counts talented forecasters, teachers, students, consultants and weather enthusiasts among our members. Whether you are in high school, college, or are in the workforce, there are many opportunities to become "the face of the place" for weather in your state. (L to R- North Carolina State Meteorology graduate Nick Scirico, Fusion Forecaster and high school junior Evan S., Bayshore Forecaster Samatha H. from the Univ of Maryland and Director of Strategic Media Diandre Williams - Jan 2012) 

With 50 active members in 20 states from Illinois to NYC metro to the Mid-Atlantic, the Southeast and the Western U.S., we are the largest and most diverse student-professional forecasting consortium in the United States. Our successful model of student and public engagement is driven by consistent, locally relevant forecasts produced by qualified team in your community.

Learn how the team developedreview our media portfolio or simply Google "Foot's Forecast" and look over the application processand ask us questions:

Forecasters and Advisors
Forecasters serve on county- or regional teams, (such as Central Florida or Central Maryland), and work closely with a qualified team advisor over 21 in their geographical area. Advisors range from professional and broadcast meteorologists, to science edcuators, college professors, and life-long "professional amateurs" who know the weather. Details are found on our application pagePhoto: Lead Forecaster Greg Jackson of the Maryland Team with Meteorologist Bernedette Woods of CBS WJZ-13 - Aug 2010)

What our teams do
Local teams collaborate online with their advisors to predict daily weather for their immediate area, and post these forecasts on their main page zone and a companion facebook page. When weather is on the move across the country, forecasters get an inside view of the action while our teams collaborate in chasing storms or tracking the events. We also provide extensive on-site and on-line training with professional meteorologists and emergency managers. 

Rising grade 9, 10 and 11 high school students can apply for and receive free tuition to attend NOAA- and NSF-funded Weather Camps.

Reach a large audience
By joining a forecast team, your work will have immediate impact on our main site, receives 10,000 hits daily from all 50 states. Our combined facebook audience reaches over 60,000 readers daily. You can update from your phone, by email or post video reports all of which feed immediately to a localized twitter customized for your zone. Our innovative approach is guided by the philosophy that students are valuable contributors to society and if given the chance, can make a greater impact than most people expect would be possible. (Photo: Storm Chaser/Forecaster Vince Webb interviewing Mike Bettes of the The Weather Channel at the Feb 2011 Storm Chaser's Convention.)

How to join a team
We seek high school and/or college forecasters to join existing teams, or locating an advisor to help start a new zone in your area. Visit our "Forecast Centers" tab to familiarize with our current zones. In addition to local forecasting, we cover regional severe and winter weather, tropical forecasting for the Atlantic basin, Long Range Analyses and Climate & Space Science reports.

A few of locations in the U.S. include Central PA, Southeastern PA, the Ohio ValleyWestern MD/Northern WV, the Capital Region , the Bayshore region of Eastern MD / Delaware, the The CarolinasNorth Georgia & East Tennessee and Central Florida. Since our approach is local areas within a state, we welcome forecasters from around the country regardless of location. If you already produce quality forecasts on your site, consider being an Affiliate Forecaster when weather breaks. You would be able to network with all our members in a multi-state collaboration.

Visit our first forecast page in facebook, the Central Maryland Zone to see the impact students are having this exact momentWe also have regional specialty forecast teams such as the Winter Stormcast Zones for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast as well as The Tropical Zone covering hurricane forecasting in the summer. Simply put, whether you've been in meteorology for years, or starting your study of the atmosphere, your talents are welcome, valuable and showcased to our team and readers.

Ready to dive in?
Visit our application pageWe look forward to reading yours soon.

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