WESTFIELD, NJ -- Students at Holy Trinity Interparochial School in Westfield learned all about weather forecasting from one of the New York metropolitan area's best known on-air meteorologists, WCBS-2 weatherman John Marshall, on Thursday, Jan. 29. The visit coincided with the official opening of the school's new STEM lab and the celebration of Catholic Schools Week.
Marshall covered topics such as how to calculate how far a thunderstorm is away, the earth's axis and rotation and the resulting effects on weather, how ice balls (hail) form on 90-degree days, formation of tornadoes, and more.
"First I observe (from information gleaned from weather balloons 200 sent across the country) before I predict," Marshall told the students. "Too many people are amateur meteorologists. Don't listen to weather predictions on social media or information from a groundhog."
For over 20 years Marshall's weather forecasts have been seen by millions of viewers in the New York tri-state area. He is currently freelancing with WCBS-2 in New York City. His company, John Marshall Weather, schedules educational tours at schools where students can be part of a live weather forecast simulation. Marshall gets up at 2:05 a.m. to do his live weather forecasts on TV.
"When you have passion for what you do, you can't wait to get there," he explained.
Marshall, who lives in Hunterdon County, does hundreds of these presentations each year.
"I like making a difference for these students," Marshall told TAPintoSPF. "It's about passion. This is what I do."
Additionally on this special day, Fr. Anthony Randazzo blessed the school's new science lab, "a collaboration between faith and science," The lab was paid for by a bequest from Connie Bianco, a Holy Trinity parishioner who bequeathed money to the school. The lab includes robotics, microscopes, and other science equipment.
Since 1916, Holy Trinity School (336 1st St, Westfield) has provided a quality Catholic education to Westfield and the surrounding communities. A 2011 National Blue Ribbon and a Middle States accredited school, its mission is to educate students to actualize their full, individual potential, both spiritually and academically.