Oswego (WSYR-TV) – More than a dozen SUNY Oswego students have been in the middle of the Midwest as it endured multiple devastating tornadoes.
The students there have been learning about predicting weather by storm chasing.
During their trip, the storm chasers came across about a dozen storms in states including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska.
The students are back in Oswego now, reviewing the information they collected in the field.
"The lab for us is outside, being in a building is realistically not what's happening - so we have to really compare because our best instrument is still our eyes,” said SUNY Oswego Professor Scott Steiger.
“We got to see all modes of severe weather – seeing it in person is so different than seeing it on tv or the internet. There are things that you miss, and I learned so much more than in the classroom,” said SUNY Oswego student Rick Garuckas.
They say it’s more than a lesson in severe weather and how to predict it – it’s a lesson in how such storms impact the people that live through them.“When you’re actually there, and part of the evacuation, and you see the faces of the people…Seeing all that stuff really just makes it real and gives you a better understanding of what it means to be a meteorologist. And what it’s really all about and what we’re doing here,” said SUNY Oswego student Patrick Cavlin.
Steiger has been storm chasing for 10 years. He says this most recent trip was the most active he has experienced.