Atmospheric sciences students at the School of Mines formed the SDSM&T Weather Association in the spring of 2011. The purpose of this organization is to encourage increased knowledge of and interest in atmospheric science and meteorological phenomenon among its members. The organization is committed to community involvement through outreach and education programs aimed at individuals of all ages. Further, the organization is aimed at unifying students with interests in the atmospheric and earth sciences through group activities.
The current president is Alana Ballweber. Other officers are Ryan Lueck, Vice President; Erin Walter, Secretary; and Cody Moldan, Treasurer. Staff advisors are Darren Clabo and Pam Cox.
The Weather Club coordinated with the National Weather Service to present a Skywarn Storm Spotter Training event in 2011. In 2012, the club, in coordination with the Black Hills Local Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, the South Dakota Climate Office, and the Brad Derby Agency - Farmers Insurance, presented Black Hills Tornadoes: Science and Survival. They also hosted Mr. Tim Samaras, who gave a presentation about his work in tornado research the summer before his tragic death. The club has participated each year in the M-Week homecoming parade and the Parade of Trees contest, winning awards on several occasions. They also have given presentations to several area schools on weather science and safety, with plans to continue these presentations this year as well. In 2012, the group joined the "Adopt-a-Highway" program, selecting a stretch of Nemo Road to clean up. This outstanding group, although not large in numbers, has brought in hundreds of dollars in various charity events, such as the Circle K Food Drive and the Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Their "can do" attitude and willingness to help whenever needed, plus their creativity, make them a great asset to the SDSM&T community.
The group has plans for more activities, and you may visit their website by using the following link: SDSM&T Association Club or on Facebook. Membership is free and is open to students and members of the public alike. With questions, contact Alana Ballweber at: Alana.email@example.com
Black Hills Chapter American Meteorological
Most all of our students are members of the BHAMS group, the
local chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Members of
this group are from the National Weather Service, SDSM&T, and local
radio and TV stations. Visit their blogspot at