School of Mines hosts Wild Weather Summer Camp

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Some came from as far as Boston and Texas to attend the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology's Annual Wild Weather Summer Camp this June 10-15.

On Monday, around a dozen potential meteorologists learned to use some tools of the trade and were able to successfully build and launch a weather balloon. For the rest of the event they will have a hands-on learning experience for all things weather in the Black Hills.Some of things they will learn is weather forecasting, which includes tornadoes from local experts, setting up weather stations around the Black Hills and more.

"The biggest thing is the variety of weather we get here," said Adam French camp founder and associate professor and physicist at SDSM&T. "You know the blizzards we get in the wintertime, the hail storms and thunderstorms we get in the summer, that's one of the big draws for several of the campers. They come from different parts of the country, they don't get very extreme weather so they wanted to come and see some of what we had to offer here."

For one camper from Parkston, S.D., forecasting weather and storm chasing is his dream.

"I always wanted to be a storm chaser since kindergarten," Richard Espinoza, "they've always fascinated me and I'm trying to live up to my dream right now."

For the next three days they will be launching weather balloons and examining currently weather conditions as well as much more weather related activities.