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March 12, 2024
Avalanche Safety 101
Avalanche Safety 101

Avalanches can occur more often as winter turns to spring. Join us to hear all about snow slides from the experts. Learn how to spot an avalanche-prone area, what weather increases avalanche risks, and what to do in the event of an avalanche. 

February 12, 2024
Catching Electrical Storms
Catching Electrical Storms

Living on Penang Island, Graeme Guy witnessed frequent tropical storms and waterspouts emanating from local weather conditions, especially those building up over mainland Malaysia. Using a specific photographic protocol and tracking lightning strikes from a website, he captured stunning images of electrical storms, showcasing the dramatic natural beauty of the region. 

By Graeme Guy
February 9, 2024
Picking Up the Pace
Picking Up the Pace

56.7% — The probability of a hurricane’s maximum intensification rate in a 24-hour window being 20 knots (23 miles per hour) or greater for the years 2001–20—an increase from 42.3% for the years 1971–90. 

February 8, 2024
The Melt That Changed The World
The Melt That Changed The World

~8,000 years ago — The melting of a Canadian ice sheet appears to have triggered a major change in Earth’s climate, according to a study in Quaternary Science Advances. 

January 25, 2024
Question of the Day Challenge: AMS in Baltimore
Question of the Day Challenge: AMS in Baltimore
January 23, 2024
Clear Skies Ahead: Kayla Hudson
Clear Skies Ahead: Kayla Hudson

Kayla Hudson, a recent meteorology graduate of Jackson State University, on opportunities she pursued inside and outside of school that she believed would be beneficial in securing a job. For more, listen to the Clear Skies Ahead podcast, with new episodes released every month.

January 18, 2024
Winter Lake-Effect Systems: Scientific and Educational Adventures to Further Our Knowledge and Prediction of Lake-Effect Storms
Winter Lake-Effect Systems: Scientific and Educational Adventures to Further Our Knowledge and Prediction of Lake-Effect Storms

A team of expert scientists discuss their collaborative efforts and lessons learned from field campaigns designed to better understand and forecast intense lake-effect storms.

January 15, 2024
Sea Level Bubbling Over
Sea Level Bubbling Over

QUESTION: How is glacial ice different from other kinds of ice, and what does that difference have to do with global sea levels?

January 15, 2024
Living On the Real World, With William H. Hooke - Earthlings, Your Host Planet Would Like a Word
Living On the Real World, With William H. Hooke - Earthlings, Your Host Planet Would Like a Word

William H. Hooke is former director of the AMS Policy Program. This essay was posted August 10, 2023 on his blog, https://www.livingontherealworld.org. In 2010, AMS published his book, Living on the Real World: How Thinking and Acting Like Meteorologists Will Help Save the Planet.

By William H. Hooke
January 12, 2024
2024 Jamposium FAQs Answered!
2024 Jamposium FAQs Answered!

Melissa Griffin, the incoming Weather Band Committee Chair, is here to answer some frequently asked questions about the 2024 Jamposium! 

January 11, 2024
A Different Kind of Cold War
A Different Kind of Cold War

424,000–374,000 years ago — The period when large parts of Greenland were free of ice and plant life was able to grow, according to a study published in Science.

December 28, 2023
Extreme Weather Events: 2023 In Review
Extreme Weather Events: 2023 In Review

WeatherNation's Lead Meteorologist Steve Glazier recaps the top ten weather events in the United States this year. 

December 26, 2023
Living On the Real World, With William H. Hooke
Living On the Real World, With William H. Hooke

K–12 Climate Science Education: The Worldwide Picture

By William H. Hooke
December 21, 2023
Hurricanes of 2023: A Review
Hurricanes of 2023: A Review

The 2023 hurricane season has come to a close. It’s been an eventful few months, with some strange storms! 

December 15, 2023
Mitigating a Toll on Coral
Mitigating a Toll on Coral

Marine heat waves caused by El Niño “are the greatest threat to coral reef ecosystems globally,” says Michael Fox of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

December 15, 2023
Thor's Apprentice: An Action Adventure About On-demand Weather Modification
Thor's Apprentice: An Action Adventure About On-demand Weather Modification

Keith Seitter spoke with Bob Russell, an experienced meteorologist turned author, about his latest action-packed novel, “Thor’s Apprentice”. The story explores the concept of on demand weather manipulation in our lifetime. While the book is fiction, the idea of controlling weather has captivated minds for centuries, and it may not be as far from reality as you might think.

December 10, 2023
The Never-Ending Stormy
The Never-Ending Stormy

1876—The year of the first recorded storm on Saturn, which new research published in Science Advances has found still lingers in the planet’s atmosphere almost 150 years later.

December 8, 2023
Snowflakes are Six-Sided (not Four- or Eight-sided), and other Ice Crystal Shape Considerations
Snowflakes are Six-Sided (not Four- or Eight-sided), and other Ice Crystal Shape Considerations

For years, I've been keeping a close eye on representations of snowflakes, always thrilled when I spot the scientifically accurate six-sided ones but cringing when I see four- or eight-sided renditions. Although I usually keep this to myself, there was that one memorable craft show encounter where I had to politely decline a beautiful necklace featuring an eight-sided snowflake pendant, standing my ground for scientific accuracy.

By Lourdes B. Avilés, Ph.D.
December 4, 2023
Clear Skies Ahead: Kelly Núñez Ocasio
Clear Skies Ahead: Kelly Núñez Ocasio

Kelly Núñez Ocasio, a postdoctoral fellow at the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory at NCAR, on what she enjoys most about her job. 

November 28, 2023
Make 'Snow' Mistakes: Tips for Measuring Winter Precipitation
Make 'Snow' Mistakes: Tips for Measuring Winter Precipitation

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.

November 20, 2023
Lacking the Pack
Lacking the Pack

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.

November 20, 2023
Flash-tastic!
Flash-tastic!

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.”

November 19, 2023
Readings - In Brief
Readings - In Brief

Three books are presented for your consideration - Flashes of Brilliance: The Science and Wonder of Arizona Lightning, Tornado Alert: Saving Lives in the Eye of the Storm:  How Technology Can Help Us Survive Tornadoes in 2023, and Immeasurable Weather: Meteorological Data and Settler Colonialism from 1820 to Hurricane Sandy.

 

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 
by Avery M. Silva (independent publisher)
 

Immeasurable Weather: Meteorological Data and Settler Colonialism from 1820 to Hurricane Sandy 
by Sara J. Grossman (Duke University Press)
 

November 16, 2023
From Climate Science to Kindergarten
From Climate Science to Kindergarten

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

November 15, 2023
The Inner Mongolian Farmland that Makes Thunderstorms
The Inner Mongolian Farmland that Makes Thunderstorms

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