West Limestone 6th Grade Kidcam!
I hit the road for Limestone County early this morning in Storm Hunter 19, and it was downright cold! It actually reminded me a lot of the last time I visited West Limestone (back in the late part of last winter), but this time it was nothing but sunshine on the path up Alabama Highway 99 from Athens, down to the Elk River, and up to the Salem Community. That has to be one of the prettiest drives in this region when the weather cooperates!
Mr. Buford Bates invited me to speak to the Sixth Grade at West Limestone, and we had a lot of fun. I always have a plan, but sometimes it’s fun to take questions and go off the script a little! We talked about how meteorologists gather weather data, how there are four scales of measuring things in the atmosphere, chemistry, prohibition, and tornado safety.
Chemistry, and prohibition? In a Sixth Grade weather talk? When the students are as bright as these guys, you can show them how different branches of science work together to bring us knowledge about our world. Chemistry-wise, we talked about how studying deuterium in water can give us an idea of where our rainfall originates. Prohibition? That was a way to answer a question about how salt water from the ocean can become freshwater on land. The evaporation process leaves the salt behind. People in the ’20s understood that concept and made “stills” like you can see in museums to separate alcohol and water. (Yes, it’s a little oversimplified, but they got the idea!)
It was a lot of fun, and I love getting to give the students a shout-out on WHNT News 19! Here’s the video from WHNT News 19 at 5:00:
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