IMAGE Meteorologist Julia Weiden shows children what happens during a rain storm.

The prekindergarten class at the Oneida Indian Nation Early Learning Center had just wrapped up session on weather, seasons and forecasting when Meteorologist Julia Weiden visited. She entertained them with a story, with science experiments, and weather-related activities.

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Early Learning Center Students Meet Meteorologist Julia Weiden

Learning about the weather, especially in Central New York, is exciting. Just ask Julia Weiden.

Julia is a member of WSYR NewsChannel 9 (Syracuse) Storm Team Academy. She is The Morning News Weekend Meteorologist and had prior experience producing weather forecasts for meteorologists in New York City and in Elmira, NY.

Julia stepped away from the newsroom and was welcomed by students enrolled in the Oneida Nation Early Learning Center. The prekindergarten class had just wrapped up session on weather, seasons and forecasting. Julia entertained them with a story, with science experiments, and weather-related activities.

“It’s so nice to see kids getting excited about science …,” she said. “It just brings me so much joy …to see them raise their hands when I ask ‘who wants to be a meteorologist,’ and they get these big smiles on their faces.”

“It was such a fun day,” Julia concluded. “I loved getting to meet the kids and getting to meet all the people here. I had a great time.”

The Early Learning Center’s program is designed for children six weeks to 12 years old. Children of Members and other American Indians, Nation employees are eligible for enrollment. The ELC is open year-round, and offers full and part-time enrollment options. The ELC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation's largest organization of early childhood educators.

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