Students strike up conversations about lightning

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.WFMJ's Candace Monacelli spoke to the fourth-grade students at Robinwood Lane Elementary on Dec. 8 about weather.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Fourth-grade students from Robinwood Lane Elementary stood with WFMJ's Candace Monacelli after she spoke with them about weather.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Candace Monecelli stood with some of the fourth-grade students at Robinwood Lane Elementary on Dec. 8 after talking to them about weather and her job as a meteorologist.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Fourth-grade students at Robinwood Lane Elementary listened to WFMJ's weekend meteorologist Candace Monecelli on Dec. 8.

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.Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Candace Monacelli stood with fourth-grade students at Robinwood Lane Elementary after speaking to them about weather on Dec. 8.

By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI

abartolomucci@vindy.com

WFMJ meteorologist Candace Monacelli visited the fourth-grade students at Robinwood Lane Elementary on Dec. 8 to teach them about weather.

Monacelli told the students a little about what she does and how she prepares to give the weather forecast on the news. She also talked about how meteorologists learned how to tell what the weather will be like. Many of the topics she discussed were what the students were learning about in their science class.

Several of the students raised their hands after Monacelli talked about each subject. Some students had stories about their experience with being stuck in weather and others had questions about weather. The most popular topic of the students’ questions was lightning.

“The questions are the cutest and they surprise me every time with how much they know about the weather,” said Monacelli.

Students learned not only about weather, but about weather safety. They were told what the best thing to do during a storm or a tornado was and the best place for shelter would be.

“There’s so many different things parents can do at home and teachers can do in the classroom of how to stay safe in all different types of weather,” said Monacelli.

Monacelli and other WFMJ staff members are happy to come out to schools when they’re asked. They enjoy talking to the students and engaging with them about the work the staff members do.

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