Tahoe OpenSnow.com forecaster visits Sierra House for El Niño lesson
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Second and third graders at Sierra House Elementary got a special treat Monday, Dec. 7, with an opportunity to learn a little more about winter weather.
As a part of the school’s morning routine, principal Ryan Galles invited OpenSnow.com Tahoe-area weather forecaster Bryan Allegretto to speak with students about El Niño and its potential impact this season.
“It was amazing,” Galles said. “The kids were really attentive. Bryan had a lot of good information.”
Following a short presentation, Galles opened the session up to questions.
“I was surprised how much they knew,” Allegretto said following the assembly. “They were very curious.”
It was the weather forecaster’s first time presenting to such a young audience. He said it was fun to be a part of, even if it was a step away from his usual crowd.
Questions ranged from the predictable, “How many snow days do you think we will get?” to the more complex-concept ones, like, “How do you know a storm is coming?”
“It connects to the things they’re learning,” Galles said of the inspiration for the assembly. “You really saw some of the curiosity and wonder come up.”
He added that the presentation was equally fun for his staff.
“We’re kind of like kids in that way. We look forward to the next snow day, too.”
After the assembly, a handful of fifth graders in the school’s “Weather Kids” program got to meet Allegretto personally and show him their weather lab.
One of the students showed him their barometric pressure reading equipment and how they measure snow.
“That was definitely cool,” he said. “They’re using actual tools.”