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WKU Storm Chase students prepare for annual trip with new SpiritFunder campaign

Eight WKU students will participate this year in Dr. Josh Durkee’s Field Methods in Weather Analysis and Forecasting course, an innovative learning experience to forecast, analyze, document and study severe convective storms across the Great Plains.

In its eighth year, the WKU Storm Chase course will begin May 15. Since the group spends two weeks traveling the U.S. in search of the world’s most dangerous weather events, the travel portion of the class (van rental, hotel, gas, food, etc.) costs each student around $1,000. While students have raised or collected private funds over the years to help offset travel costs, this year the WKU Storm Chase is part of the inaugural WKU SpiritFunder, a crowdsource funding approach to support exciting and robust initiatives at WKU. The goal for the Storm Chase SpiritFunder is $8,000; after one week, the group has already raised more than $2,100.

Students who were selected to participate in the 2017 Storm Chase course are Jessica Dobson of Louisville; Justin Hobbs of Irvington; Paige Noël of Friendsville, Tennessee; Pierce Larkin of Lawrenceburg; Kelli McShane of Orland Park, Illinois; Jonathan Oglesby of Greenville; Thomas Giebel of Germantown, Maryland; and Tori Hampton of Knob Lick.

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Contact: Josh Durkee, (270) 745-8777

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