MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - WMC Action News 5's Chief Meteorologist Ron Childers took StormTracker 5 (and the rest of the weather team) out to the ballgame!
Students from around Shelby County entered AutoZone Park on April 14 for a fun lesson in weather and some great baseball, of course.
"Education is the number one thing for kids everywhere," Childers said.
The students enjoyed a day of weather quizzes, videos, and (failed) experiments before the Memphis Redbirds took on the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
"It was great. I loved it. I like weather," Lighthouse Christian Academy student Marissa Elam said.
Elam and the rest of her classmates learned how weather works, some features on weather maps, and even learned the secrets behind the green screen. They even got an inside look at WMC 5's high tech Stormtracker 5. But it wasn't just the students who enjoyed the experience.
"It's a good learning experience and a lot of fun here at Autozone Park," Lighthouse Christian Academy Principal Kim Kellum said.
The entire day made the students more weather conscious, so they won't be afraid next time severe weather strikes the Mid-South.
"Weather is something you respect once you understand how it works," Childers explained. "Then you have a better understanding of the whole process and you can be more weather aware."
After having fun and learning about the weather, the students got to enjoy a thrilling game of baseball. The Memphis Redbird's came from behind to win with a walk-off single by Johnathan Rodriguez.
Memphis was down 3-2 entering the bottom of the ninth. In fact, the Redbirds were down to their final out when Dean Anna walked. Matt Williams then singled to left field and Mike Ohlman walked to load the bases. Rodriguez stepped up to the plate and slapped a line drive to right field, bringing Anna and Williams home to end the game!
What a day at the ballpark!