Articles

February 28, 2023
Chasing Sprites
Chasing Sprites

George Preoteasa recounts his adventure with sprite photographer Paul Smith, capturing elusive sprite images during storms while enjoying the company of like-minded individuals and experiencing the beauty of open fields, clear night skies, and new places.

By George Preoteasa
February 25, 2023
Top 10 U.S. Weather Events of 2022
Top 10 U.S. Weather Events of 2022
February 25, 2023
2023 Winter Season... Won't Soon Be Forgotten
2023 Winter Season... Won't Soon Be Forgotten
February 25, 2023
Science Communication & Tornadoes
Science Communication & Tornadoes
February 24, 2023
Why We Should Care About Climate Change: Communicating The Risks
Why We Should Care About Climate Change: Communicating The Risks
February 24, 2023
Hurricane Ian: Reflections, Lessons Learned, & its Legacy
Hurricane Ian: Reflections, Lessons Learned, & its Legacy
February 24, 2023
What is Reality? Trends in US Severe Weather
What is Reality? Trends in US Severe Weather
February 22, 2023
You Say "Sleet", I Say "Snow Mixed With Rain"
You Say "Sleet", I Say "Snow Mixed With Rain"

A discussion by AMS Weather Band Maestro Bob Henson on the terminology and distinctions of winter precipitation, such as snow, sleet, graupel, and ice pellets Bob highlights the importance of accurate reporting and recording of precipitation types in understanding and analyzing winter storms.

By Bob Henson
February 16, 2023
May 15, 2022 Mammatus and Lightning Story – "The War of the Worlds"
May 15, 2022 Mammatus and Lightning Story – "The War of the Worlds"

Brad Nelson, a seasoned meteorologist with 18 years of storm chasing experience, has witnessed incredible weather phenomena, including striking lightning and captivating mammatus clouds.

By Brad Nelson
February 14, 2023
Warnings, Watches, and Advisories: What You Need to Know
Warnings, Watches, and Advisories:  What You Need to Know

Whenever weather happens, you will find a Watch, Warning, or Advisory (WWA) issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). These WWA alerts provide a heads up for when, what kind, and where a weather hazard will impact a region. The criteria for what classifies a hazard as a Watch, Warning, or Advisory varies depending on the county warning area, so it is imperative that you regularly check your local forecast carefully to understand which alert might be issued for your region.

By Amber Liggett, MSEM
February 13, 2023
July 8, 2020 EF4 Tornado Story
July 8, 2020 EF4 Tornado Story

Meteorologist Brad Nelson and Melanie Metz witnessed an explosive updraft develop into an EF-4 tornado while storm chasing near Fergus Falls, Minnesota, which caused significant damage.

By Brad Nelson
February 10, 2023
Interview: Understanding the Science of Uncertainty
Interview: Understanding the Science of Uncertainty

BAMS recently spoke with Tim Palmer about his new book, The Primacy of Doubt: From Quantum Physics to Climate Change, How the Science of Uncertainty Can Help Us Understand Our Chaotic World.

February 7, 2023
In Search of Drought
In Search of Drought

Brandi Gamelin of Argonne National Laboratory discusses recent research that employs vapor pressure deficit (VPD) rather than precipitation as a method to forecast drought in the United States.

February 3, 2023
Readings - In Brief
Readings - In Brief

Three books are presented for your consideration. Introduction to the Physics and Techniques of Remote Sensing (Third Edition) discusses the use of remote sensing for a variety of sciences and studies. Atmospheric Evolution on Inhabited and Lifeless Worlds explains how atmospheric evolution can determine a planet's habitability. Beyond Carbon Neutral: How We Fix the Climate Crisis Now presents strategies for addressing climate change with tools currently in place. 

February 1, 2023
Mariama Feaster
Mariama Feaster

Mariama Feaster, graduate research assistant at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, on how her undergraduate experience helped shape the direction of her career goals.

January 31, 2023
Laser-Focused on Space Weather
Laser-Focused on Space Weather

Postdoctoral student Peiyun Shi conducts unique research - with space weather implications - on magnetic reconnection and utilizes a laser-based diagnostic to probe plasma.

January 26, 2023
More Than A Scientist: Samuel Larsen
More Than A Scientist: Samuel Larsen

Q&A with Samuel Larsen, Xcel Energy Data Scientist and member of the AMS Board on Early Career Professionals.

January 23, 2023
Fine-Tuned Mountain Forecasting
Fine-Tuned Mountain Forecasting

Forecasting weather in mountainous regions can be hindered by complex topography, placing lives in danger. An apparent temperature forecast based on a high-resolution simulation may be helpful in mitigating risk of hypothermia and other dangers in such hazardous locations.

December 22, 2022
Have You Ever Heard of a Weather Conference?
Have You Ever Heard of a Weather Conference?

Are you eager to immerse yourself into the weather, water, and climate field? Explore opportunities at the AMS 103rd annual meeting in January 2023. Stay tuned for shared recorded presentations of interest from the 2023 Annual Meeting.

By Amber Liggett
December 19, 2022
William Turner IV
William Turner IV

William Turner IV, a Ph.D. student in atmospheric sciences at the University of California, Davis, on his decision to pursue a doctoral degree and the process that involved.

December 12, 2022
150 Years of Monthly Weather Review
150 Years of Monthly Weather Review

In 1873, the U.S. War Department began producing a monthly report on the weather. Now it's in its 150th year of publication!

By David M. Schultz
December 8, 2022
From the Ground Up: An Operational Meteorologist's Vision for the NWS
From the Ground Up: An Operational Meteorologist's Vision for the NWS

Ken Graham shares his career path, memorable experiences and new priorities for NOAA's National Weather Service.

December 6, 2022
Accounting for Lakes
Accounting for Lakes

By including monthly surface area information for specific bodies of water for the years 1984–2015, ReaLSAT (Reservoir and Lake Surface Area Timeseries) shows how lakes and reservoirs have changed over time, which will aid the study of how a changing climate is impacting bodies of fresh water.

November 30, 2022
The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season: A Highly Abnormal Average Season
The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season: A Highly Abnormal Average Season

In this webinar, Phil Klotzbach discusses how active the season was, notable storms and impacts, and controversial topics such as the value of the Saffir-Simpson scale and the Cone of Uncertainty.
 

November 28, 2022
Chapter Spotlight
Chapter Spotlight

The Northern Vermont University Lyndon student chapter attended the 47th Annual Northeastern Storm Conference in Burlington, Vermont.