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Lincoln Weather and Climate

National Weather Camp at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Campers at the UNL Weather Camp June, 2014

Next UNL Weather Camp: June 8-12, 2015

The application along with information is now available at

LINK: Big Red Summer Camps (minimum age has been lowered to 14)

Check out the slide show of our June 2013 Weather Camp to the right>
Look for a 2014 slide show in the near future.

UNL Weather camp Director: Dr. Ken Dewey
(email:; Phone: 402-472-2908)

UNL Weather Camp Information Card

Weather Camp 2014 Sponsors:

ArtFX Screen Printing
Chase Suites Hotel (official Weather Camp hotel for our out of state campers)
Hy-Vee Grocery Store
Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UNL
KOLN/KGIN Television
Lancaster County Office of Emergency Management
LI-COR Instruments
Midland Radio
National Drought Mitigation Center
Raising Canes Restaurant
School of Natural Resources, UNL
Valentinos Restaurant

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor of our weather camp? CLICK HERE

What is Weather Camp?
Weather Camp is a week-long day camp for students who are in High School at the time of the camps. The 2014 camp took place from Monday June 9, 2014 - Friday June 13, 2014, from 9am - 5pm each day. On Friday, June 13, 2014, in the evening, we had a picnic for our campers and their families followed by a program in Hardin Hall where the weather campers , received several weather related graduation gifts from the weather camp staff and received awards. The weather campers also showcased their research projects in individual poster displays. During the week, campers used instruments to make their own weather observations; learned how to forecast the weather; visited the National Weather Service forecast office in Valley, NE,; learned about the local weather of Nebraska from tornadoes to blizzards; visited the office of Emergency Management; meet the coordinator of the Storm Spotter Network; learned about storm preparedness; learned about weather and climate related careers; and, using our UNL TV weather studio, each camper created a video of their weathercaster experience in front of the green screen.

What ages are eligible for the Weather Camp?
The UNL Weather Camp is now part of the UNL Big Red Camp Program for High School Level students. It has become a residential camp, i.e. the campers will spend the week on campus and stay overnight in our East Campus dorms. We are looking into whether we can include Middle School students in our Weather Camp

Where is Weather Camp?
Most events at Weather Camp will take place at Hardin Hall, which is located on the East Campus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hardin Hall is located at the intersection of 33rd and Holdrege Street. A few field trips are planned and will require travel to local places. Permission to travel will be required and transportation will be provided for the campers.

Weather Camp 2014 (last summer) Activities included:
A Visit with the Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the National Weather Service
Meeting a weathercaster
Touring the Severe Weather Emergency Operations Command Center
Seeing Storm Chase Tornado Intercept movies
Meeting several weather and climate scientists
Learning about weather, climate and other science careers
Conducting actual weather experiments in our lab and outside using instruments
Meeting with the National Drought Mitigation Center
Touring Memorial Stadium and collecting micro-climate data in the stadium
Doing actual weather research in our computer lab
Morning and afternoon snacks as well as a lunch are provided each day

How do I apply?
LINK>>>the 2015 application will be available in Spring 2015.

Space is very limited so plan on applying quickly once the applications are available.

National Weather Camp Program.
The University of Nebraska was accepted into the National Weather Camp Program
in 2011 as a member of a growing network of Weather Camps offered throughout
the U.S. Learn more about the national program at this LINK.

Weather Camp Photos.
Weather Camp June 2011
Weather Camp June 2012

Weather Camp Posters:
UNL Weather Camp 2014 Poster
UNL Weather Camp 2013 Poster
UNL Weather Camp 2012 Poster

Weather Camp Information Brochure:
UNL Weather Camp Advertising Brochure

National Weather Camp Meeting, Atlanta, GA, February 2014:
Two UNL Weather Camp Posters

National Weather Camp Program
News Story about our Weather Camp (2014)
News Story about our Weather Camp (2013)
News Story about our Weather Camp (2013)
News Story about our Weather Camp (2012) link currently unavailable
News Story about Our Weather Camp (2011) link currently unavailable