The WeatherBlur Program is a student-led non-hierarchical citizen science platform where your students can wonder, investigate, work with data and then act to make their community a better place! The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine has provided support for the WeatherBlur program for over a decade, supporting impactful K-8 student led investigations across the US. In this presentation from the 2022 AMS Weather Band Community and Citizen Science Symposium, Nikki Becker of the National Weather Service leads the audience through the details of the WeatherBlur program and the incredible impact it's having on teachers and students alike.
Nikki Becker is the Observing Program Leader at National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. She has worked for the National Weather Service for the last 15 years, starting out in Juneau, Alaska and moving to Maine in 2012. She currently manages multiple Weather Forecast Office Programs relating to observations that includes over 95 Cooperative Weather Observing sites across Western Maine and the state of New Hampshire. Nikki has a Bachelor and Master’s Degree from Mississippi State University in Geosciences: Operational/Applied Meteorology. Prior to working for NWS, Nikki is a 9 year veteran of the United States Air Force and Navy Reserves where she got her start in Meteorology. Over the last 20 years, she has been involved in education outreach covering a wide range of science topics with a focus on weather forecasting and observing.