In the Fall of 1999, a television studio was built on the fifth floor of Walker Building, allowing students the chance to gain real studio experience. In addition, six WeatherPro graphics machines were also installed. These machines are the same as those used by The Weather Channel and many television stations across the country. Students, in their first year with CWS Video, work together with 2-4 other students in the television studio to produce weather graphics and record a 3-minute weathercast. This presentation is used for an introductory meteorology class for non-majors. The students show regional and national observations, a look at the current surface map, a forecast for the next three days, and any other imagery of special weather phenomena going on elsewhere in the United States.
Students in the Campus Weather Service produce a three and a half minute long weathercast, which is broadcast on a government access channel (C-NET) in the State College area. Students are responsible for the entire show, including running the video equipment in the television studio, writing the forecast, creating the graphics, and being the on-air personality. This is an excellent way to gain on-air experience and make a resume tape for students interested in becoming broadcast meteorologists.