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Sue Barnes, Karen Dee Michalowicz, and Melanie A. Womack

Now… Shreveport is a large town in Northwest Louisiana. A state that is classified as a severe-weather area. Northern Louisiana is often hit by thunderstorms and tornadoes. Southern Louisiana, on the Gulf of Mexico, is susceptible to hurricanes during late summer. When the manager of television station KSLA in Shreveport began looking for a person to fill the weather-news slot a few years ago, he did not want someone who could just point to a weather map. He wanted a good meteorologist. In regions that have invariant weather, those people who give the weather are usually actors or actresses who read the predictions prepared by someone else. The study of weather, however, is called meteorology, and a professional meteorologist is someone who has a degree in weather study. Even in area with severeweather conditions, some television stations do not hire a professional meteorologist but hire a broadcast meteorologist instead. A broadcast meteorologist is a journalist who has taken general courses in meteorology while studying for a communications or journalism degree.