Student’s weather project aims to keep classmates and neighbors safe, informed

Meteorology major Tom Bedard combines his Penn State experiences to form a student weather preparedness project and pursue his career goals.

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By Heather Hottle  February 25, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State senior Tom Bedard has had many homes, including St. Louis, Mo., Portland, Ore., Houston, Texas, New York City, Milford, Conn., and, now, State College.

The meteorology student attributes his love of weather to frequently moving throughout his childhood.

“I got to see the weather in each one of those different states in every area, so tornados in Missouri, and in Oregon, I got to see all the tsunami evacuation signs posted. In Texas, I got to sit through Katrina, Rita and a lot of tropical systems. I also got to see a tornado in New York City, which was wild and terrifying,” he said.

And coming to Penn State? “I got to see the most mundane weather break,” Bedard said. “It’s the State College effect — all the good weather forms just to the east of us.”

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Tom Bedard, a senior majoring in meteorology, is a fully certified EMT with Penn State's Emergency Medical Services.