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The weather man - Feature Stories
March 2014 Issue
The football banter begins as Marshall Shepherd enters the classroom on a warm Tuesday in October. “I hope they ran back up the hill and kicked the rock,” Shepherd, a Florida State graduate, says of his alma mater’s shellacking of Clemson the Saturday before. As he moves into the overview for the day’s class—a lecture on convection—senior Ella Dorsey raises her hand. “I don’t want to go completely off-topic,” she says, “But I think there may be an omega block forming in the upper Northwest.” Shepherd’s focus is immediately diverted and the energy in the room increases as he claps his hands in excitement before beginning to search the Internet for appropriate satellite views. “What level of the atmosphere do omega blocks form in?” he asks. “What kind of map should I pull up?” As the students chime in with advice on how to quickly locate the appropriate satellite images, Shepherd continues peppering them with questions about omega blocks, one of …
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