It's almost that time of year again! For several systems in our area, the 2022-2023 school year starts as soon as next week! That means a lot of you teachers, administrators, and also folks that run civic organizations, church organizations, after school programs, etc., are starting to think about having guest visitors and speakers to come speak to your groups. The Tennessee Valley Weather Team is excited and eager to get out across our viewing area of southern middle Tennessee, north Alabama, and northeast Mississippi to come speak to your class, group, or organization! We love to get out into our community and educate our neighbors about meteorology, broadcasting, and science and STEM topics in general.
If you would be interested in having one of our weather team members talk to your group or organization, please feel free to send us an email. Our contact information is listed below, as well as in the graphic above:
Ben Luna, Managing Meteorologist and Vice President of Operations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred Gossage, Chief Meteorologist: email@example.com
Kelli Rosson, Midday Meteorologist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Richards, Weekend Meteorologist and Lead StormTracker: email@example.com
Bryan Wilson, Weekend Meteorologist and Radar Analyst: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send an email to whichever team member you would like to have come out, and we would be happy to schedule something with you! We ask that you keep a few things in mind, however:
We ask for three week's advance notice for scheduling a talk or visit. This is for planning purposes here at the station to make sure that team member has the open availability and to make sure something else isn't already scheduled for that day.
Please contact the specific team member you would like to visit your group. Each meteorologist on our team is responsible for his or her own availability and scheduling because they not only have to work their on air and in office schedule around these visits, but also their personal life and commitments as well once traveling distance and time is factored in. Some of our members have other commitments outside of the station related to family, church, and even college classes.
We promise to give as much advance notice for cancellations or needing to reschedule. We realize your time is important. For most weather threats (severe storms, flooding threats, or winter threats), we can often give advance notice of needing to cancel or reschedule a good 3-5 days ahead of time, if not more. However, weather events can occasionally spring up at the "last minute", and our being able to provide important weather coverage has to take priority. We ask that you show grace and patience if we have to cancel or reschedule a talk or visit because of weather, family emergency, illness, etc., and we will do everything in our power to reschedule and make it up to you!
Our presentations usually are roughly either ~30 minutes or ~60 minutes. We will arrive early to make sure everything is set up for our presentation. We will work with you ahead of time to make sure everything we need (internet access, projector accessibility, space for a weather experiment if the situation calls for it, etc.,) is in place ahead of time so that you aren't struggling to make the event work and neither are we!
We are also open to small tour groups of the weather center itself, on a case-by-case basis. We ask that you also contact to schedule those at least three weeks in advance. If you would like to schedule a station/weather center tour for a small group, please contact Ben Luna to set that up!
We look forward to getting out into our community and helping you make this 2022-2023 school year a success!