SDSM&T Weather Association
Atmospheric Sciences students at
the School of Mines formed the SDSM&T Weather Association in
the spring of 2011. The purpose of this organization is to
encourage increased knowledge of and interest in atmospheric
science and meteorological phenomenon among its members. The
organization is committed to community involvement through
outreach and education programs aimed at individuals of all
ages. Further, the organization is aimed at unifying
students with interests in the atmospheric and earth
sciences through group activities.
The current president is
Christopher (Chip) Redmond. Other officers are Daniel
D’Amico, Vice President; Franny Sewell, Secretary; and Ciara
Breen, Treasurer. Ciara is currently an undergraduate in
Electrical Engineering, and Chip, Franny, and Dan are M.S.
students in the Atmospheric Sciences program. Staff advisors
are Darren Clabo and Pam Cox.
One of the first activities of the
newly-formed group was to coordinate with the National
Weather Service to present a Skywarn Storm Spotter Training
event, held on campus March 30, 2011 and open to the public.
Attendance was mixed between students with an atmospheric
science background and those from outside the program as
well as many community members. In total, nearly 50 people
were in attendance. Afterwards, Susan Sanders, NWS Warning
Coordination Meteorologist and Skywarn session leader
expressed her astonishment with the SDSM&T interest and
motivation of the group. "I was impressed with your group
and the interest among other students (not just from the IAS)."
On April 20, 2012, the SDSM&T
Weather Association, in coordination with the Black Hills
Local Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, the
South Dakota Climate Office, and the Brad Derby Agency –
Farmers Insurance, presented Black Hills Tornadoes: Science
and Survival. Over 50 people attended the series of lectures
and safety briefings, from both the school and the local
The group has plans for more
activities, and you may visit their website by using the
SDSM&T Association Club or on