“I want to help people know if there is a tornado, twister or earthquake coming."
Cole Bridenstine, a third-grader at Brookwood School, recently had the unique opportunity to be a junior forecaster with the Channel 3 Eyewitness News Storm Alert Team.
Bridenstine got the idea from watching his older sister, Libby, who was a junior forecaster years ago. With encouragement from his mom, Meleia, Bridenstine decided to write a persuasive letter to Paul Barys, the chief meteorologist at Channel 3, to allow him to be featured on the show.
Bridenstine was selected from a pool of applicants ranging between seven and twelve years old.
Alongside Barys, Bridenstine helped read the weather forecast for the weekend and upcoming week.
The experience elevated Bridenstine's interest in meteorology as he discovered his desire to help people navigate through any type of weather.
"I want to help people know if there is a tornado, twister or earthquake coming," said Bridenstine. "It also helps people know what the weather will be like for the rest of the week."
Bridenstine spoke about how math is his favorite subject in school, which led to Barys explaining about how essential math is in a meteorology career.
"If you keep doing well in math you may become a meteorologist," said Barys. "You have to be really good at math."
Although Bridenstine has many opportunities to look forward to, this experience has influenced him to possibly pursue becoming a meteorologist in the future.
A major piece of advice Bridenstine took away was that if one commits an error it is important to push forward.
"It looks so cool," said Bridenstine. "Paul Barys told me that even if you mess up it's okay."