GOODYEAR, Ariz. - The Phoenix-area weather finally returned to more seasonal, spring-like temperatures and clear skies — the perfect opportunity for 12 News Meteorologist Lindsay Riley to head out for some spring training, and a very special weather class for west valley students at Goodyear Park.
She and Betsy Kling, chief meteorologist from WKYC, Cleveland, brought their A-Game to about 150 West Valley students who are more weather savvy than they ever imagined.
Believe it or not, they had their own weather favorites, including golf-ball-size hail, tornadoes and the monsoon.
And like a monsoon, the meteorologists blew away the kids with a number of demos in their Weather Education Day.
Demonstrations like one on cloud formation left the kids and chaperones oohing and aahing.
The two weather veterans talked about how they measure weather, how events like monsoon form and some of the dangers we face with the weather.
But the biggest homerun of the morning was when education experts from the Arizona Science Center showed what happens when liquid nitrogen converts to a gas.
"Boom!" The sound of a plastic liter bottle rapidly expanding in a 55-gallon garbage can startled the crowd, but was quickly followed by shouts and cheers of approval.
Turns out, weather isn't just a hit wth the kids — it's a blast!