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My name's Noah, and I'm a meteorologist. When most people think of meteorologists, they think of the people on TV who tell you about the day's weather. But did you know that meteorologists do lots of different jobs? And most of us are not on TV.

Meteorologists study the atmosphere and its phenomena. That includes a few big subjects:

  • weather on a day-to-day-basis
  • chemistry of the atmosphere—especially looking for pollution and environmental concerns
  • climate—the long term trends of weather
I'm a forecaster for the National Weather Service. But I started out as a kid with a strong interest in math and science—as well as a special reason to be watching the weather. When I was about nine years old, my dad was a high school baseball coach. He let me sit on the bench and keep score for the team. Playing outdoors, rain was the enemy, because no one wanted the game to get rained out! So I watched the weather forecasts constantly, and I have ever since.

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