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Wild Weather Summer Camp

Face nature's fury: lightning, tornadoes, blizzards, and more

Spend four days studying the weather in the Rushmore Region, home to some of the wildest weather in the country—like the national record for fastest temperature change. The 50-degree drop in an hour shattered windows as the temperature dipped below freezing, above, and back down again. 

Get a hands-on experience in weather forecasting, including learning about tornadoes from local experts, setting up weather stations around the Black Hills with direct access to state-of-the-art equipment, and learning about flash floods firsthand from the historic spot of the most devastating flood in South Dakota history.

Hands-on. Hi-tech. All in the beautiful Black Hills.

  • Get an inside peek at the making of a monster storm. Learn how tornadoes and thunderstorms form and how meteorologists predict these phenomena.
  • Observe thunderstorm development over the Black Hills (weather permitting).
  • Launch large weather balloons to observe the upper atmosphere.
  • Set up weather stations in teams around the beautiful Black Hills.
  • Meet an on-air meteorologist, watch a live broadcast, and do a mock forecast at a local TV station.
  • Learn how to analyze weather maps and make a forecast.
  • See firsthand how changes to the climate may affect local ecosystems such as streams, plants, and organisms.                  
  • Visit the Rapid City National Weather Service office and meet with experts in the field.
  • Please note final activities may vary.

ENROLLMENT PROCESS:

All prospective campers must complete the following items before their summer camp application will be complete.

  • Submit the online registration, full payment at time of registration.
  • Submit waivers.

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For more information

Contact Admissions,
(605) 394-6144
Youth.Programs@sdsmt.edu


Brought to you by —

Adam FrenchWild Weather Summer Camp is directed by Dr. Adam French, a South Dakota Mines expert in tornadoes and thunderstorms. The camp also involves faculty from the Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Program which offers undergraduate and graduate studies in meteorology and atmospheric sciences. ( Learn more about what atmospheric scientists and meteorologists do.)

 

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