AMS Student Chapter Goes Green!
Members Participate in Earth Day at Discovery Green
The American Meteorological Society Student Chapter at the University of Houston (CAMS UH) joined the Houston community in celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 11, at Discovery Green.
The newly appointed officers helped the society’s graduate advisors run a booth where many stopped by for some useful information about Houston’s air quality. Many parents, students and other members of the community left with a newly downloaded app, OzoneMap, which provides real-time ozone level concentrations across the city of Houston.
In addition, the AMS crew conducted a weather balloon launch where two volunteers were hand-picked from the crowd to help transfer the 100 gram, Helium-filled, meteorological balloon to a launching area safe from tall buildings or other factors that would have obstructed its path. While one child held on tightly to the balloon, the other held the radiosonde securely in his hands.
During preparation for the launch, AMS answered questions for kids and their parents, and many were surprised to know that the balloon would reach up to 30 km before bursting and beginning its descent; all while recording meteorological data such as temperature, relative humidity, altitude and pressure.
Everyone counted down to the time of release. It was a moment filled with joy, laughter and excitement; a moment fit for celebrating the Earth.
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