two students give the forecast on the day of commencement
UW Dawgcast
Two members of UW Dawgcast give the forecast for this year’s Commencement.

In this episode of FieldSound, KOMO 4 Chief Meteorologist Shannon O’Donnell and University of Washington students speak about the formation of the UW Dawgcast, born out of ATM S 493: Media & Meteorology in the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

ATM S 493, which launched in 2020, is the first broadcast meteorology class offered on the West Coast. With it, the UW joins Pennsylvania State University and Mississippi State University as schools that offer broadcast meteorology instruction. The course equips students to learn how to create forecasts, communicate the science of weather, and gain real-world broadcast experience using industry-standard equipment.

While the class takes place each winter quarter, students from all majors can participate in the UW Dawgcast club year-round.

Steve Pool Memorial Fund for Students in Atmospheric Sciences

Steve Pool was one the leading television weathercasters in Seattle for nearly 40 years, providing meteorological insights and weather education to millions of viewers across western Washington. A profoundly impactful UW alumnus, he was committed to the University of Washington and the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, establishing an internship program that provided dozens of UW students with experience in broadcast meteorology — with several going on to successful careers in TV weather (such as O’Donnell at KOMO 4).

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences is honored to be undertaking an effort to create an endowed scholarship to support undergraduates in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences in honor of Steve Pool. Your support will provide financial assistance to promising atmospheric sciences students and foster training opportunities for the next generation of meteorologists and atmospheric scientists. Learn more about the campaign here.