What to buy my weather-obsessed niece for Christmas?
December 10, 2012 1:12 PM Subscribe
I have a bright, funny 12-year-old niece who is in love with two things: One Direction and meteorology. I'd rather buy her something related to meteorology than Harry Styyyyyyles!!!!!!, but I'm having trouble coming up with a good idea of what to get her. Help!
She was scared to death of things like tornadoes and thunderstorms as a kid, but (to my delight) that has evolved into a real fascination with them and an interest in how they work. She's not just a wanna-be stormchaser, she has a real interest in the science behind it. She found out about the Meteorology program at the University of Oklahoma and has vowed to go there for college (in seven years!!). She has an OU t-shirt which is her most valued possession.
She lives in a rather small house and doesn't have a lot of room for her to spread things out or set things up, so a weather station or other large piece of equipment would not do. She also has a three-year-old brother who will likely break anything that is set up in the family area of their house. Her parents do not share her interest in storms (in fact, her dad is scared to death of them) and I do not anticipate that she will receive a lot of encouragement from them along these lines.
One thing I plan to do is take her to Skywarn Training in her county in the spring. (We both live in Minnesota, different counties have different training systems) I've gone through the weather spotter training and I think she would like to at least attend the training courses, and maybe do some backyard observations. However, we will not be chasing tornadoes together because I live too far away...otherwise, I think we'd be an awesome pair of stormchasers.
Anybody have any ideas? Were any of you a stormchaser when you were 12? If so, what would have been the coolest gift that your faraway aunt could have bought for you? Let's pretend your awesome aunt has about $100 that she could spend on this.