About YMP

PLAN!T NOW’s Young Meteorologist Program takes you on a severe weather preparedness adventure where you’ll encounter lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and winter storms – all while learning about severe weather science and safety.

Developed in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Weather Service and the National Education Association, the Young Meteorologist Program offers a safe, non-threatening learning environment that shows kids what they need to do to prepare now to protect themselves and help their families when a real storm comes.

The Young Meteorologist Program is an innovative, digital evolution of the NOAA National Weather Service’s famed Owlie Skywarn program, which educates kids on the dangers of severe storms and how to protect themselves. Since its inception, the Owlie Skywarn program has found fun ways to aid countless educators and meteorologists in communicating to students and their communities how to survive weather crises.

The Young Meteorologist Program centerpiece is an interactive online game featuring a 21st-century Owlie, a junior data collector for the Weather Center, who helps kids learn more about and get prepared for dealing with real life severe weather and natural hazards.

Players who complete the game earn a Young Meteorologist Certificate. Through the program website, Young Meteorologists will be presented with opportunities to put their new knowledge to work through hands-on activities and community service projects. Resources for educators, parents and meteorologists to guide Young Meteorologists will also be available.

Start your adventure and play the game here. The full game will be online soon.

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For more information on our project partners, visit the National Weather Service, American Meteorological Society and National Education Association online.