Hannibal Students Receive Extreme Weather Lesson From Expert

Third graders Landon Gibson, Bastian Manford, Gracie Longley Shawn Mazzole and Damien Kinzie gather for a photo with TV meteorologist Molly Matott.

Third graders Landon Gibson, Bastian Manford, Gracie Longley Shawn Mazzole and Damien Kinzie gather for a photo with TV meteorologist Molly Matott.

HANNIBAL – Extreme weather made its way into the Hannibal Central School District today (Oct. 23), as TV meteorologist Molly Matott delivered a presentation to Fairley Elementary students.

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Third graders Landon Gibson, Bastian Manford, Gracie Longley Shawn Mazzole and Damien Kinzie gather for a photo with TV meteorologist Molly Matott.

Matott, a meteorologist for CNY Central, met with Hannibal third graders to discuss the science behind storms.

Students peppered her with questions about her storm-chasing experience and learned about the conditions needed to create extreme weather.

“Lightning forms when clouds get huge and charges separate and start combusting,” Matott explained. “Thunder is the sound of that explosion. It’s the sound of lightning.”

Students also learned about tornadoes, supercells, lake-effect snow, waterspouts and other weather conditions.

Throughout the presentation, Matott noted the key role her education has played in her career path.

Fairley Elementary students ask questions during TV meteorologist Molly Matott’s presentation Oct. 23.
Fairley Elementary students ask questions during TV meteorologist Molly Matott’s presentation Oct. 23.

“Every single element of weather has an equation to go with it,” she said. “Math is important.”

The students were eager to learn more about the cause-effect relationship needed to form a variety of systems.

With winter approaching, they have a chance to apply their knowledge and share what they learned with their families, their teachers said.