Blake Harms has been doing what he loves since he was 13 years old when he began his snow day predictions on social media. Fast forward ten years later, Blake has landed his dream job at WOODTV 8 in Grand Rapids as a meteorologist.
On Friday, December 9, Blake was kind enough to volunteer his time to present to all Hamilton Middle School eighth graders.
"Mrs. [Stacy] DeWeerd actually reached out to me and asked if I'd be willing to come to talk to her classes about weather, and I happily obliged," said Harms.
As the eighth graders learn about our weather, the effect of Lake Michigan, and the power of science in our forecasts, it was perfect timing for Blake's visit.
"We're focusing on what the TV industry looks like in meteorology but also what makes forecasts so difficult in West Michigan, school closing predictions, and all of that fun stuff," he added.
Harms explained how the Great Lakes, oceans, and mountains across the world can make weather unpredictable. He also explained more about his journey turning his passion into a career.
"I started the school closing predictions when I was around their age. What I want to get across to them is you don't have to be a professional to do what you love or getting your feet wet, just try it, make mistakes, and it will all help you out in the future."