The Department of Geography and Geology at Western Kentucky University is the leader in Meteorology and Climatology in the Mid-South. Here are a few reasons why…
1) The WKU Meteorology is the original and largest meteorology program in Kentucky or Tennessee and meets American Meteorological Society (AMS) qualifications for the title “meteorologist” and Federal Civil Service requirements (GS-1340) for employment by the National Weather Service.
2) The B.S. Meteorology degree at WKU is the only meteorology program in Kentucky or Tennessee that enables TV broadcast meteorologists to immediately pursue the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist program of the American Meteorological Society upon graduation.
3) Around 90% of WKU Meteorology graduates since 2008 have found careers in Meteorology or have accepted assistantships to graduate programs in the Atmospheric Sciences. Our graduates are presently employed by the National Weather Service, state-level governmental agencies, television stations, and the private sector in meteorology.
4) The WKU Meteorology program boasts numerous clubs that allow students to engage in the meteorological community. The WKU Meteorology Club is the local chapter of the AMS/NWA for south-central Kentucky. The WKU StormToppers is a community service organization where WKU Meteorology students partner with Warren County Emergency Management to provide storm spotting information during severe weather outbreaks. The WKU Storm Team is an organization that allows future broadcast meteorologists to appear on camera to provide weather forecasts for the WKU local cable channel.
5) WKU is home to the Kentucky Mesonet, a high-density, meso-scale network of around 65 automated environmental monitoring stations. The continously updated, locally accurate climatological data will be available to the agricultural industry as well as decision makers who must respond to extreme weather events such as tornadoes, floods, or ice storms. Mesonet data can help teachers challenge their students in math and science through innovative and engaging activities.
6) WKU has also been home to the Kentucky Climate Center since 1978. The Kentucky Climate Center is the State Climate Office for Kentucky and home to the State Climatologist, Dr. Stuart Foster. The mission of the Kentucky Climate Center is to conduct research and disseminate information of climatic variability and change, influences of the natural environment upon human activity, and impacts of human activity upon the natural environment.