When I was in elementary, middle and high schools, I was the lone wolf who loved and wanted to be involved in weather. In the sixth-grade class at Frog Pond Elementary School, there were six.
This was going to be a good day.
Photographer Craig Matthews and I went "On the Road" to Ocean County for the first time, stopping in Little Egg Harbor Township.
You get the beach town setting, but without all the hustle and bustle of an LBI summer. The population has been growing quickly and its location right on the bay surely has something to do with that.
Our first stop took us to Frog Pond Elementary School, where we were greeted by about 100 students. Ms. Sailer, one of the sixth-grade teachers, is a big-time weather nut! Each day, they look at the current conditions and compare it to average. She said they also discuss the wind chill and humidity.
It was no surprise people had no trouble talking about pressure or tornadoes, thanks to her preparations.
Two students in particular, Tyler Glass and William Sisco, went above and beyond. Loving weather their whole lives, they went up on stage and spoke to the class about hurricanes.
After the visit, we spent some time in the classroom, taking more questions, and then moved out to Mystic Island. Mystic Island was, as you will see in the video, home of the second-tallest structure in the world. After stopping along the bay, we headed back to The Press of Atlantic City as our third week of "On the Road" came to an end.