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Extreme Weather Events: 2023 In Review

AMS Staff | Default | Dec 27, 2023

The Never-Ending Stormy

AMS Staff | News Item | Dec 10, 2023

Clear Skies Ahead: Kelly Núñez Ocasio

AMS Staff | News Item | Dec 4, 2023

Weather Band Spotlight


William H. Hooke

William H. Hooke is a senior policy fellow emeritus at the American Meteorological Society, where he worked from 2000-2022. He founded and then directed the AMS Summer Policy Colloquium for 21 years. He led the AMS Policy Program from 2001-2013 and served as AMS associate executive director from 2013-2021. An atmospheric scientist, he worked at the Department of Commerce from 1967-2000 in several research and management positions, including Deputy Chief Scientist of NOAA and Senior Scientist in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce.


Make 'Snow' Mistakes: Tips for Measuring Winter Precipitation

AMS Staff | Webinar | Nov 28, 2023

Whether you admire the beauty of snow or find it a winter inconvenience, accurate snow observations are crucial for understanding the hydrological cycle. Join us in discovering CoCoRaHS' techniques to ensure precise measurements of snowfall, snow depth, and snow-water equivalent.

Lacking the Pack

AMS Staff | News Item | Nov 20, 2023

In the North American West, where mountain snow is essential for water supplies throughout the region, accurately determining the extent of the snowpack is crucial for water resource planning.


AMS Staff | News Item | Nov 20, 2023

2,615 per minute—The peak number of lightning flashes in the volcanic plume during the eruption of the Hunga Volcano in Tonga in January of 2022, which a recent study calls “the most intense lightning rates ever documented in Earth's atmosphere.”

Readings - In Brief

AMS Staff | News Item | Nov 19, 2023

Featured Books:

Flashes of Brilliance: The Science and Wonder of Arizona Lightning 
by Ronald L. Holle and Daile Zhang (Springer)

Tornado Alert: Saving Lives in the Eye of the Storm:  How Technology Can Help Us Survive Tornadoes in 2023 

From Climate Science to Kindergarten

AMS Staff | Webinar | Nov 16, 2023

Join the conversation on one AMS member’s journey teaching in Thailand and unlearning scientific writing to author a book.

The Inner Mongolian Farmland that Makes Thunderstorms

AMS Staff | News Item | Nov 15, 2023

Humans aren’t just altering the climate: our biggest projects can also change the weather.

Getting Ready for an El Niño Winter: 2023–2024 Outlook

Douglas Hilderbrand and Katie Pflaumer | News Item | Nov 14, 2023

Get ready for the first El Niño winter since 2018-19. Likely to be the strongest El Niño in more than a decade, this will be one of the main factors affecting global weather patterns this winter. 

The New Face of Severe Weather--As Manifest at the Higher Level of "Earth's Reality Game"

William H. Hooke | News Item | Nov 12, 2023

In recent years, US weather threats have changed significantly, shifting from more "traditional" weather hazards to new challenges. The adaptive and flexible mindset of gamers might prove to be an important asset to help us address 21st century challenges.  

Readings - Interview: Atmospheric Thermodynamics

AMS Staff | News Item | Nov 9, 2023

Adam Sobel, professor of applied physics and applied mathematics and of Earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University, sat down with authors Craig Bohren and Bruce Albrecht to talk about the second edition of their book, Atmospheric Thermodynamics.

"It Just Seems Like Storms Always Go There, Not Here"

Kim Klockow McClain | News Item | Nov 6, 2023

Have you ever felt this way about the place you live? Does it feel like anytime storms roll through, the worst seems to go around you? Do you feel, deep down, like the place you live just won’t be hit by a tornado? Or if you live along the coast, perhaps, that a hurricane is unlikely to aff

Summer Season Review...Wildfires, Extreme Heat, and Beach Safety

AMS Staff | Webinar | Nov 1, 2023

This webinar will look back on a hot, and at times, tragic summer season.

Weather, Climate, and the Boys of Summer: A Fall Classic Conversation

AMS Staff | Video Share | Oct 30, 2023

Clear Skies Ahead: Melissa Burt

AMS Staff | News Item | Oct 29, 2023

Melissa Burt, associate professor and associate dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Colorado State University, on how an internship led her in the direction of a research career. For more, listen to the Clear Skies Ahead podcast, with new episodes released every month.

Nudge Theory and Choice Architecture: Can Weather Social Science Be this Simple?

Kim Klockow McClain | News Item | Oct 26, 2023

Interest in integrating social science into meteorology has grown significantly in recent years, leading to substantial research in the field. However, a major challenge lies in defining and measuring success in communication, particularly regarding weather resilience, raising questions about the

Living On The Real World, With William H. Hooke

AMS Staff | News Item | Oct 23, 2023

Climate Change Science in K–12 Education

Eclipse 2023-2024: A Different Kind of Sunblock!

AMS Staff | Webinar | Oct 11, 2023

The sun impacts all of our lives every day, but what about during an eclipse? Join us for a discussion on the annular eclipse that will be happening on Saturday, October 14 and of course we will be talking about the total solar eclipse that will impact millions of people on April 8, 2024.

A Cat. 5 Five Years Later... the Lasting Legacy of Hurricane Michael

AMS Staff | Webinar | Oct 10, 2023

On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, and became the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Cultivating a Model for Post-Tornado Fieldwork at NSSL

Kim Klockow McClain | News Item | Oct 9, 2023

In just a few decades’ time, the physical science of meteorology has evolved rapidly, aided in part by increasingly sophisticated field campaigns of many kinds. Spurred by an explosion of scientific development, including improved theoretical and empirical research in recent years, alo

Weather You Know: AMS Weather Band Trivia - September 2023

AMS Staff | Webinar | Oct 5, 2023

Our first AMS Weather Band Trivia Night! It was a thrilling battle of weather knowledge, where enthusiasts competed on various weather topics. Participants aimed to secure a spot on the leaderboard and win AMS prizes.