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Meteorologist John Marshall Brings His Weather Tour to South Plainfield

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Meteorologist John Marshall brought his ‘John’s Weather Tour’ to Franklin Elementary School on Jan. 25.
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A Franklin second grader delivers the forecast with some assistance from meteorologist John Marshall.
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Meteorologist John Marshall and Franklin Elementary School first grade teacher Mrs. Ratti.
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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – John Marshall, a resident of Whitehouse, NJ and a meteorologist currently with WCBS Channel 2, brought his ‘John’s Weather Tour’ to Franklin Elementary School on Jan. 25. Marshall last visited the school two years ago and, during this year’s PTO-sponsored visit, conducted two, 45-minute interactive assemblies featuring age-appropriate curriculum.

Marshall, a meteorologist for over 20 years, discussed why there are seasons and shared why he prefers covering the weather in New Jersey over Florida, “Florida would be so boring. Six months out the year, the weather is hazy, hot and humid, chance of an afternoon thunderstorm, highs in the 90s. To me that is not a challenge and if I am not challenged, I am bored,” Marshall said. “New Jersey’s weather is challenging. We have all four seasons in full force. The summer, heat waves, hurricane threats; the winter, blizzards and arctic blasts.”

As part of his presentation, Marshall sang a song to describe the four different types of clouds, explained how weather balloons are used, and demonstrated, with the assistance of some teachers, how a weather station’s anemometer measures wind speed. Using video images, he also showed examples of hurricanes and tornadoes and explained the importance of being indoors when there is lightning.

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For students, the highlight of the assembly was Marshall’s demonstration on how a green screen is used to deliver the weather on television. One student from each class also had the opportunity to be a weathercaster and was able to ‘make it snow,’ ‘be in a tornado,’ deliver the forecast for South Plainfield, and see firsthand why meteorologists on TV never wear green.

“Mr. Marshall returned to Franklin School today to interact and teach our students about meteorology and weather forecasting. He is tremendous with all our students, tailoring his presentation and interactive program to all levels,” said Principal Ralph Errico. “The students enjoyed his presentation especially when he had students come up and do a weather forecast with the green screen exactly the way they do it on CBS TV.”

Errico extended his thanks to the PTO for providing an ‘educational experience for the entire school.’ “Mr. Marshall is fantastic,” he said.

For additional information on meteorologist John Marshall and ‘John’s Weather Tour,’ visit http://johnmarshallweather.com.

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