At the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction, you really wouldn’t know Travis Booth was an intern until he told you that was his title.
He answers the phone and goes over forecasts with journalists.
Under the radar: A day at the National Weather Service office
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction? Here’s your chance to find out with this feature on the men and woman who predict the weather for Steamboat Springs and 52,000 square miles of western Colorado, southern Wyoming and eastern Utah. The stakes are high in this office, and a lot of people depend on the forecasters inside of it.
He also has taken on the somewhat new and unprecedented role at the office of guiding the National Weather Service’s presence on social media.
“This is something new for us,” he said scrolling through the Grand Junction office’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Inside the office, forecasters often speak in a language that is hard to comprehend.
You might hear the word POPS being thrown around a lot. To a forecaster, it simply means the probability of precipitation.
“We’re trying to do a better job communicating,” Booth said. “The typical scientist is maybe introverted and very into their field and not worrying so much about communication. So to communicate, we try to do things graphically.”
Despite the heavy load of math and physics, Booth said he has fun with his job.