In late December 2016, Tom Meiners the Chief Meteorologist of the WBBJ Eyewitness 7 News Weather Team in Jacksonville, Tennessee, gave presentations to all of the North Shore High School Earth Science classes. Coincidentally, Tom is also a North Shore alumnus from the Class of 2007. Mr. Steven Menchel, Science Department Teacher Leader, said “Tom’s presentation not only taught our students about weather patterns and forecasting but he spoke about his time as a trumpet player and science student here at North Shore High School. His love of weather ultimately put him in front of the TV camera and his perseverance helped him succeed.”
Mr. Meiners told the North Shore students that he was interested in all different types of weather having experienced blizzards, tornadoes, and even hurricanes. During his college years studying meteorology at North Carolina State University, he found a passion for weathercasting. After working with his role models from WABC-TV in New York City, he believed that his career wasn’t an ordinary job but a way to help save lives during inclement weather.
Students in Mrs. Laura DiLallo’s classes had many positive things to say about Mr. Meiners’ presentation. Darcy Winter said, “The most interesting thing I saw from the meteorologist was when he made clouds by adding pressure to a bottle with rubbing alcohol and then released pressure from the bottle. “
Student, Kira Potapov, remarked “One interesting thing I heard from Mr. Meiners was that it takes a while to reach your goal. He made me realize that it's okay to make mistakes in life.” Danielle Ligure commented, “I thought it was interesting how hard he said the courses he took were. I didn't realize that meteorology included such high level math.” In addition, Claudia Scala, said “I think that meteorology seems interesting and fun, and if I end up enjoying it I might want to pursue it as a major in college and as a career.”
Thank you to Tom Meiners for taking time out of his busy schedule to revisit the North Shore Schools and share his experiences and knowledge of meteorology and weathercasting with our students. In addition, many thanks to the North Shore High School Science Department for organizing this educational and exciting presentation with the Earth Science students.
Photo Caption: Article written by Shelly Newman with assistance from Mr. Steven Menchel and Mrs. Laura DiLallo Photos provided by Mr. Menchel Pictured is Tom Meiners , North Shore alumnus and Chief Meteorologist of the WBBJ Eyewitness 7 News Weather Team in Jacksonville, givig presentations to all of the North Shore High School Earth Science classes.