CIMMS researcher showcases weather research to local tribe

Randy Peppler describes the instruments on top of the mobile mesonet.

NSSL’s mobile mesonet was on display for the third year at the Apache Tribe Environmental Camp, held annually near Apache or Fort Cobb Okla., about one hour southwest of Oklahoma City.

Randy Peppler, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) Associate Director and Assistant Director of NOAA Relations showcased the minivian with weather instruments mounted on top to expose Native American children to science and science education.  He also engaged them in conversations about clouds and weather research.

“Native farmers provided me with their knowledge on weather and climate for my dissertation.  This is my way to give back,” said Peppler.

The environmental outreach camp is the only event of its kind in Oklahoma to show young Native Americans the importance of our environment and natural resources, along with letting them know what programs and careers are available to them.  The camp also offered cultural teachings such as bow and arrow making, making fry bread, setting up a tee-pee, and drum history talks.

CIMMS/NSSL, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Apache Tribe Environmental Program, Langston University, Kiowa Native Farms LLC, and farmers and ranchers were all participants.

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