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How Do I Become a Meteorologist?

June 26, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The program:

Are you a junior high or high school student fascinated by weather and curious to know what it takes to become a meteorologist? Join us Friday, June 26, at 2:00 p.m. CDT, for an opportunity to get academic and career advice from FOX4 Kansas City meteorologist Alex Countee. Designed to be an informal interactive Q&A webinar, students are encouraged to ask questions about coursework, internships, college programs, and anything else about the study of weather! Parents, teachers, and mentors are also welcome to participate.

The speaker:

Alex Countee joined FOX4 Kansas City in December 2019 and has taken over the weekend morning meteorologist position, along with the noon show Monday through Wednesday and some 9:00 a.m. shows.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Alex’s passion for weather began when he was a child and Kansas City was struck by that epic January 2002 ice storm. His home lost power for about a week as almost every tree around his house had limbs on the ground. He wondered how something as simple as ice could do so much damage! The wonder about the weather only grew over the years as severe weather season in the spring (and sometimes in the fall) would bring powerful storms and the occasional tornado.

After graduating from Archbishop O’Hara in 2013, Alex went on to graduate from the University of Missouri in Columbia with a degree in Atmospheric Science in May 2017. There, he interned at KOMU 8 News as a weathercaster. The first major step of his broadcasting career took him to South Bend, Indiana after college, where he experienced every season and got to see phenomena unique to the Great Lakes region, like lake effect snow. Now, he’s back home in Kansas City and ready to take on the crazy Midwest heat, cold, storms, snow, and everything in between.

Accessing the Program:

This free, online livestream lunch and learn will take place on June 26 at 2:00 pm CDT via Zoom. To help us better serve our audiences, we have included some demographic questions in the registration form. Your response to these questions is voluntary but appreciated.  Thank you!

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Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. If you register in advance, you will receive an email with a link to join the session when it begins, or you may register and enter the program directly when you are ready to begin.

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The lecture will also livestream on the Library’s Facebook page.

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June 26, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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