Sunday, January 1, 2012

Our team in the media

From a Baltimore County high school classroom ... to recognition by Yahoo News in August 2011 as "an innovative and hugely informative weather information site," and a "credible weather source" by the Seattle Times, Foot's Forecast has become a go-to team for locally relevant weather by thousands across the country every day. This chronology of highlights is the true story of what has been said about our team by the media.

Lead Forecaster Greg Jackson
in the Carroll County Times
9/25/2011  Lead Forecaster Greg Jackson of our Three Rivers Team in metro Pittsburgh (facebook link) was featured in a Sunday, 9/25/2011 article in The Carroll County Times: "Many jobs involve social media use as part everyday process."  Greg is a 2011 graduate of North Carroll High School of the Carroll Public Schools, a freshman in Environmental Studies  at the California University of Pennsylvania. Greg, along with Forecaster Matt Balash comprise the Three Rivers Team serving the Southwest Pittsburgh area. 

Lead Forecaster Connor Meehan of Central Maryland in the Baltimore Sun and Howard County Times "Columbia teen forecasts Hurricane Irene's track." Connor is a senior at Atholton High School in the Howard County Public Schools.  Prior to Hurricane Irene, Connor was invited to the County Emergency Operations Center to discuss the approaching storm and analyze model scenarios and potential storm risks.

Director of U.S. Team Operations Aaron Salter of Carroll County, MD interviewed by Dan Rodricks of 88.1 WYPR-FM Public Radio in Maryland. Aaron is a senior in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and a service-learning intern in the nationally-recognized Shriver Center on the UMBC campus.

Lead Advisor Rich Foot of Central Maryland in the Dundalk Eagle "Dundalk-Edgemere braces for possible arrival of Hurricane Irene."

ABOUT OUR TEAM Since January 2004, has been providing locally relevant weather forecasts and incident management services to an expanding national readership. With 50 members in 17 states, we are the largest student-led weather forecasting consortium in the North America today. The run-up and impact of Hurricane Irene brought almost 100,000 hits over 3 days. In February 2011 alone, this site received 1 million hits and at times averages 10,000 visits a day from readers around the world. Lately, the media and scientific communities have taken more notice of our team's work and education outreach efforts. The latest example was a mention in this article by Certified Consulting Meteorologist H. Michael Mogil of the NOAA-funded Weather Camp program in the July/August 2011 edition of Weatherwise magazine 

SUMMER SURPRISES Summer 2011 brought a new an exciting level of media coverage for our student forecasters. In one 24 hour period, Lead Forecaster Mark Ingalls of Southeast Washington State, a high school senior, had an article published about his role on the team in not one, but FOUR newspapers in Washington. His sweep of the state included articles in The Tri-Cities HeraldThe Tacoma News-Tribune and was topped off by the Seattle Times. Not bad for an incoming senior. Check the article here. Mark is the Lead Forecaster of our team's Pacific Northwest zone in facebook.

IN THE KNOW ON SNOW During the January 25-26, 2011 Mid-Atlantic "snow monsoon" this site received 140,000 hits from across North America. Our facebook forecast posts reach nearly 60,000 daily or weekly readers across major markets including Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Raleigh NC, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas, Seattle and Los Angeles. Since January 2010, visits to our main site in combination with our 20+ regional facebook forecast pages, totaling over 130 million hits from all 50 states and 100+ countries. (Screen shot: Insight data from Central Maryland Forecast Team page in Facebook)

Presentation by the NWS at the January 2011
American Meteorological Society Conference

Little did the team know that during that heavy snow event on the East coast, meteorologists from the National Weather Service were in Seattle at a conference with a surprise. Included in the American Meteorological Society's January 2011 conference events was a presentation titled "Embracing Social Media." A feature of the slideshow included Foot's Forecast as an example of how to engage the public using social media. Below is a screen cap of the presentation, which is also accessible as an mp3 audio via this link to the AMS website. 

For a Youtube video of  the team on Baltimore's ABC-2 News and other articles going back to 2005, continue reading...


Press coverage of our team began with a March 2005 print article by reporter Bill Gates of the Dundalk Eagle in southeast Baltimore County, Maryland. Starting in Winter 2009, our members have been featured numerous times in print, TV and internet media across Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic. Of special note is a front page article in the Baltimore Sun on December 19, 2009 by Science Writer Frank Roylance. By Winter 2010, ABC-2 in Baltimore, MD included the team in a special video feature provided by Meteorologist Justin Berk. In recent months the pace of media attention has increased. The latest media event was April 12, 2011, where three members of the team were featured on a national radio net broadcast called WeatherBrains. Earlier in April, Lead Forecaster Matt B. of Central Florida was interviewed on the internet radio program Barometer Bob from Georgia.


In addition, our students and advisors have participated in a mosaic of public events in between all the forecasting including conference presentations. Despite increasing media attention, our forecasters retain their humility and work ethic. Our advisors continue to provide technical and personal support as the team advances through their educational careers and beyond. The section below is a chronology of media features about the Foot's Forecast Team.

On Friday, June 3, 2011 members of the Maryland Team made their second annual appearance to the Maryland Emergency Management Association conference in Ocean City, MD. The multi-county team included (L to R) Mr. Foot, Chairman and Lead Advisor, Diandre Williams from Baltimore County, Nikki Byers from St. Mary's County, Aaron Salter from Carroll County and Jason Mitchell from Calvert County. Topics included verification of the team's 2010 Hurricane Season forecast, how high school forecasters partnered with Maryland officials during high impact events in the past year, and shared opportunities for future collaborations with emergency managers.

On Wednesday, April 13, 2011 members of the team presented at to the Maryland Society for Educational Technology at the Baltimore Convention Center. Topics included how teachers can partner with the team on developing innovative, real-time weather education lessons to better inform students of high risk events. (L to R) Forecaster Connor M. from Atholton High School, Diandre Williams and Forecaster Nikki Byers from the College of Southern Maryland. Also presenting were MD Team Administrator Aaron Salter and Lead Advisor Mr. Foot.

Summer 2011

6/29/2011 - "Hurricane Alpha" simulation & exercise
Provided by the Foot's Forecast Maryland Team to Baltimore County Homeland Security
(second annual appearance - first hurricane exercise July 1, 2010)

Spring 2011

6/4/2011 - Team multi-media presentation

5/21/2011 - Foot's Forecast for the Preakness, posted by the Baltimore Sun Video recorded in the Baltimore Sun media center and posted online Friday, May 20

4/13/2011 - Team multi-media presentation
Maryland Society for Educational Technology (MSET)

4/12/2011 - WeatherBrains

Foot's Forecast Team interviewed by Bill Murray of The Weather Company and of ABC affiliates Channel 33/40. Episode # 272: Weblink Audio link (scroll to 12 mins for interview)

4/4/2011 - WeatherBrains
Advisor Mike Mogil interviewed The hosts of WeatherBrains welcomed Meteorologist and NOAA Weather Camp coordinator H. Michael Mogil of Naples, FL to the weekly broadcast. Mr. Mogil discussed his weather education company, How The Weatherworks, the NOAA Careers Camps program and his linkages with Foot's Forecast.

Show Episode # 271: Weblink Audio link

March 2011 - Barometer Bob: Forecaster Matt Bolton interviewed

Winter 2010-2011

2/9/2011 - Dundalk Eagle
"Local weather service called a national model"
-Sara Blumberg

1/25/2011 - Carroll County Times
"Weather or not: Rain changing to snow"
Brandon Oland

"...forecast leans...changing to snow"
Frank Roylance

1/10/2011 - Annapolis Capital
"Storm may dump up to 5 inches"

1/6/2011 - Maryland Life Magazine
"Foot's Forecast"

Shirley Grace, Photo by Eli Meir Kapla

12/21/2010 - MPT Maryland Public Television
Live studio interview for Direct Connection
- Jeff Salkin

12/18/2010 - Carroll County Times
"Snow on Christmas Day possible"
Brandon Oland

" 2009-10: One For The Record Books"
Justin Berk

12/15/2010 - Dundalk Eagle
"Whither Winter?"
- Bill Gates

Fall 2010
"Nine Questions with Rich Foot"  - Pasadena Voice 
John Singleton

10/15/2010 - Baltimore Running Examiner
"Weather blogging sensation..." - Erin Sanders

Summer 2010

7/14/2010 - Dundalk Eagle
"Hot times are coming."
- Bill Gates

7/7/2010 - Carroll Community Times
"Hurricane simulation prepared by students."
-Susan Ingram

7/1/2010 - WJZ CBS Channel 13
"Amateur Forecasters Create Hurricane Exercise" -Mike Schuh

6/2/2010 - Team presentation
Maryland Emergency Managment Association
Ocean City, MD
Winter-Spring 2010

2/17/2010 - Maryland Public Television
"Taking the area by storm..." - Jeff Salkin

2/15/2010 - Dundalk Eagle
"...Becoming the state's go-to weather experts..."
- Bill Gates

2/10/2010 - WYPR 88.1 Public Radio
(on-air interview with Dan Rodricks of Midday Connection)

2/8/2010 - Baltimore Sun
"...uncannily accurate with storms this winter..."
- Frank Roylance

2/5/2010 - ABC2 News
(on-air interview with Meteorologist Justin Berk)

2/4/2010 - MIX 106.5 FM
(morning interview with JoJo & Reagan)

2/4/2010 - Example from the blogosphere
"Totally random: Foot's Forecast"

1/26/2010 - SHINE 95.1 FM
(Wed PM 1/26 afternoon interview - Jack & Erin for 1/30 storm)

12/19/2009 - Baltimore Sun
"Ready...set, snow. " - Frank Roylance

Back in the day...
March 2005 - Dundalk Eagle
(first print article about Dundalk High-based Foot's Forecast) - Bill Gates

9/21/2005 - The Houston Chronicle SciGuy Blog
"Alternate analysis of the computer models."

September 2005
The Bloggers Blog: Hurricane Rita
The Providence, CT Journal "Citizen weather forecasting"

Specialty forecast product archive

Surf & Sail Zone: Bermuda Ocean Race June 2010
Hurricane Zone: Forecast Resource Page May-November 2010
Tropical Zone: Facebook Forecast Page All seasons
Team Resource Page: Forecast links and references All seasons

Severe Storm Center: Daniel Ross March-May 2010
Long Range Analysis: Forecasters Ross & Krimm Feb-Dec 2010
Birdland Zone: Greg Jackson April-October 2010
Spring Break Zone: Ryan Krimm March-April 2010
Earthquake & Volcano Zone March 2010

WINTER 2009-2010
Kahunageddon 2010: Reliving our "Fantastic February"
Weather Safety Zone: Matt Stevens Feb-March 2010
Storm Data Zone: Maryland Team Feb-March 2010

Student Climate Collaborative: Baltimore students 11/09-3/10

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