Jackson is majoring in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at South Dakota Mines. He plans on working with wildfires and the development of pyro-cumulus and pyro-cumulonimbus clouds.
When people ask me why I am going to school, I often tell them it’s to get a degree so I can hopefully get a job. After that answer we usually have a conversation like this:
Them: Cool, so what are you learning then? Me: Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. They look at me in confusion as if I just spoke a foreign language. Me: It’s meteorology. Them: Oh, so you’re going to be a weather boy like the one on TV then. Me: No, you know there is a lot more you can do with a meteorology degree than just be on the nightly news. Them: Like what? Me: Well, right now I am researching pyro-cumulonimbus clouds.
Assuming you have a confused look on your face as they often do, let me explain.
Steven is majoring in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, and his primary interest is extreme weather.
Ever since I can remember, I enjoyed watching the rare thunderstorms whenever they occurred in Western Washington. I often had to wait a year or more between seeing individual lightning bolts. I often watched The Weather Channel as my main source of weather-related content, whether it had to do with storms or snow. My mind was blown as I watched the reported snow totals rise close to 12 feet for the lake-effect vent in February 2007.
The lowlands of Western Washington don’t receive much snow, so I had to wait for that, too, though it happened more frequently than thunderstorms. I was an advocate for receiving as much snow as possible in the shortest time. The biggest event I experienced in Washington was in December 2008, where I remember playing in ~15 inches of snow at the peak of the event.