Buffalo, NY -- Most people enjoy looking at or carving pumpkins this time of year, but the students in the Meteorology and Climatology Program at Buffalo State College like to drop them.
"Excited to see the pumpkin drop and splatter on the ground!" said, Celena Hunt, a Buffalo State Meteorology Program Student.
To kick off the beginning of the Autumnal Equinox and to get out of the classroom, the program has its annual Fall pumpkin drop on Tuesday. "This is a reminder to the students that we are having a change of seasons and celebrate that, kind of fun Climatology," said Dr. Steve Vermette, Buffalo State Meteorology and Climatology Program Professor.
It may be fun to drop two large pumpkins from the roof of a four story building, but there is something scientific to learn from this too. "Seeing the pumpkin fall, there's a lot of acceleration and seeing the force of it hitting the ground," said Hunt.
"They learn a lot about climate and climate classification... this is just a way to celebrate things they are learning in class," said Vermette.
Before the pumpkins are dropped the students and staff sign the pumpkins for good luck.