Our Mission/Vision

The WeatherWatcher broadcast meteorology thematic community is a unique opportunity for students to get exposure to a broadcast setting and learn how to communicate the weather and science. The WeatherWatcher thematic community also gives students the opportunity to work with fellow Meteorology, Communications, Journalism, and Information Technology focused students to produce daily weather forecasts, as well as longer science journalism shows and articles for the university, its weather forecasting organization, and national distribution. From first-year freshman, to transfer and graduate students, the WeatherWatcher thematic community has a lot to offer.

  • Produce content for weather forecasting organization and the university
  • Gain invaluable experience in front of a green screen and in a television grade studio
  • Learn how to write, produce, and edit video packages
  • Learn how to use a state-of-the-art broadcast meteorology visualization and graphics package
  • Practice and hone your public speaking skills, as well as refining your communications skills
  • Study social media’s impact on weather forecasting and communicating science to a public audience
  • Develop a better understanding of meteorology on an international scale
  • Discuss meteorology’s influence on culture and vice versa
  • Develop a better understanding of meteorology on an international scale.

All students willing to live in Perry Hall.

Students are not required to participate in the following courses, but they may provide you with a better foundation as you work with the community, including the 1.5 credit Weather Climate TV course, focusing on media messages and scientific aspects of weather reporting, for both fall and spring semesters during their first year.

Fall:

  • Weather Climate TV I (1.5 credits)
  • Introduction to Meteorology (3 credits)

Spring: 

  • Weather Climate TV II (1.5 credits)

Application Process

Current Students:

  1. Complete this brief application. We are taking applications on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of June 7. The application is due Sunday, April 18.
  2. Complete the housing application.

For more information, please submit an interest form.

For more information about the Rutgers Meteorology Program, visit their website or contact: Prof. Steve Decker, Rutgers Meteorology Program E-mail: decker@envsci.rutgers.edu