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Eclipse 2023-2024: A Different Kind of Sunblock!

AMS Staff | Default | Oct 11, 2023

Weather You Know: AMS Weather Band Trivia

AMS Staff | Default | Sep 28, 2023

The Hot(test) Spots

AMS Staff | News Item | Sep 25, 2023

Weather Band Spotlight


Melissa Griffin

Melissa Griffin

Melissa Griffin currently serves as the Assistant State Climatologist at the South Carolina State Climatology Office. Melissa received a degree in meteorology from Florida State University and has worked in the weather and climate enterprise for the past two decades. Melissa is also involved in various weather-related outreach and education initiatives, including the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network.


Keeping Up with Big Data

AMS Staff | News Item | Sep 20, 2023

BAMS talked with Thomas Huang about the book Big Data Analytics in Earth, Atmospheric, and Ocean Sciences, of which he is the lead editor. The book explores new tools for the analysis and display of the rapidly increasing volume of data about the Earth and is part of the AGU Special Publications

Cities in the Clouds

AMS Staff | News Item | Sep 20, 2023

QUESTION: We know cities can influence air temperatures through the urban heat island effect, but do they impact the atmosphere in other ways?

The 1938 Long Island/New England Hurricane - A Retrospective

AMS Staff | Webinar | Sep 19, 2023

The 1938 Hurricane, a rare and devastating event, struck Long Island and New England on September 21, 1938, causing over 685 fatalities and widespread damage. Join us for a comprehensive discussion on the storm's impact, including a forecast review, and explore how current forecasting capabilitie

Nearing The Peak: September Expectations for the Hurricane Season

AMS Staff | Webinar | Sep 12, 2023

With September historically being the busiest month for hurricanes in the tropical Atlantic, what lies ahead for the rest of this season? Dr. Ryan Truchelut of WeatherTiger explores the influence of El Niño and record-warm Atlantic sea surface temperatures on the upcoming months, as we app

Clear Skies Ahead: Jana Houser

AMS Staff | News Item | Sep 6, 2023

Jana Houser, associate professor at The Ohio State University, and Robin Tanamachi, assistant professor at Purdue University, on how they came to collaborate to create a storm-chasing course. For more, listen to the Clear Skies Ahead podcast, with new episodes released every month.

Floods Are Written in the Rivers

AMS Staff | News Item | Sep 5, 2023

PROBLEM: Predicting extreme river flooding has typically been based on whether that river has already flooded in the past. However, “[f]or this method to work, you have to wait for something bad to happen,” notes Stefano Basso of the Norwegian Institute for Water Research.

Do Roads Have Weather?

William B. Gail | News Item | Aug 31, 2023

Road weather conditions significantly contribute to vehicle accidents and transportation delays, with more than one in five crashes in the US being weather-related. Observations from Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS) stations and emerging technologies like connected vehicles and autonomous

The Mission to Improve Social Science Data Collection

Kim Klockow McClain | News Item | Aug 30, 2023

Efforts are underway to collect real-event observations, like post-tornado surveys, to better understand human behavior during weather events. Organizations, including the National Severe Storms Laboratory and National Weather Service, are using standardized surveys and citizen science apps to ga

Breaking News Event: Idalia

AMS Staff | Webinar | Aug 29, 2023

Tropical Storm Idalia is set to become a major hurricane before hitting Florida this week. Join Stephanie Zick from Virginia Tech to learn about the storm's impact and landfall predictions.

Keeping Watch on Pollution

AMS Staff | News Item | Aug 28, 2023

“TEMPO will be revolutionary.”
— Aaron Naeger of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, on the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution instrument, which was launched onboard a satellite in early April.

High Plains Drifter – The Nebraska Tornadoes of May 17th, 2019

Jessica Moore | News Item | Aug 24, 2023

On May 17th, 2019, an unusual bimodal severe weather setup unfolded across the Central and Southern Plains. Focusing on the Nebraskan border near McCook, convergence, moisture, and instability combined to create a severe weather setup, leading to the formation of a picturesque white elephant trun

Hurricane Hazards: Know What You're Facing

AMS Staff | News Item | Aug 24, 2023

As we navigate the midst of Atlantic hurricane season (June to November), being prepared for the potential hazards presented by these storms is crucial. Tropical cyclones, with their powerful winds, rainfall, and waves, can lead to disasters, and it might surprise you to learn that a significant

Towards the "Perfect" Weather Warning

AMS Staff | Video Share | Aug 23, 2023

Brian Golding discusses how the weather enterprise can collaborate to provide more effective warnings that are timely, culturally sensitive, and easily understandable amid the increasing occurrence of extreme weather in our changing climate. 

Firing Up the Weather

AMS Staff | News Item | Aug 23, 2023

“Wildfires are not just a consequence of climate change or global warming—they’re also an active participant.”
—Xin Huang of Nanjing University, coauthor of a recent study in Science that suggests large fires can create feedback loops that alter local weather

Clear Skies Ahead: Matthew Cappucci

AMS Staff | News Item | Aug 23, 2023

Matthew Cappucci—a meteorologist at MyRadar, The Washington Post, and Fox5DC—on the influence his teachers have had on his career and perspective. For more, listen to the Clear Skies Ahead podcast, with new episodes released every month.

Breaking News Event: Historic Hurricane Hilary

AMS Staff | Video Share | Aug 21, 2023

Hurricane Hilary triggered California's first-ever Tropical Storm Warning. Given the rare hazards for the U.S. Southwest associated with this storm, hurricane expert Kim Wood discusses the storm's impacts, its unusual nature, and what it means for the Pacific Coast to be facing a tropical st

Cotton Candy Dreams and a Lone Texas Supercell

Jessica Moore | News Item | Aug 17, 2023

On May 16th, 2021, while analyzing weather models, Jessica, a meteorologist, travel writer, and professional photographer, spotted the potential for an isolated supercell in the Texas Panhandle. Though not guaranteed, the allure of capturing a serene storm drew her in. As daylight faded, she mana

Smoke Gets in Your Solar Energy (March)

AMS Staff | News Item | Aug 14, 2023

10%–30%—The amount that California’s solar power production during peak hours decreased following wildfires in the state in September 2020, due to smoke darkening the sky.

International Perspectives on Lightning Safety

AMS Staff | Video Share | Aug 10, 2023

In this webinar, a panel of lightning safety advocates from around the world discuss their perspectives on lightning safety. Learn more about how those in the weather and climate enterprise are working to reduce lightning casualties around the world.