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July 31, 2023
Let It Snow and Snow, and Snow, and...

“In all of my years here, this is the most snow that I’ve ever seen at one time. This is the most any of us have ever seen.”
—Scott Gediman, spokesperson for Yosemite National Park and a park ranger for 27 years, after storms early this year buried the park in record amounts of snow.
 

The Power of Home in an Era of Climate Change
July 27, 2023
The Power of Home in an Era of Climate Change

BAMS interviewed Madeline Ostrander, a Seattle-based science journalist and author of the acclaimed book "At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth." The book was named one of Kirkus Review's top nonfiction books of 2022. Ostrander's impactful writing has been featured in prominent publications including The Atlantic, The Nation, PBS's NOVA Next, and more.

Impact-Based Forecasts & Warnings
July 25, 2023
Impact-Based Forecasts & Warnings

In this webinar, Sally Potter gives us an overview of her research on impact-based forecasts and warnings, as well as on the challenges and benefits from an institutional perspective.

Spring Season Review: Won't soon be forgotten
July 20, 2023
Spring Season Review: Won't soon be forgotten

In this webinar, panelists discuss these and more recent weather phenomena of 2023.

Capturing the Lightning: Weather Photography Tips
July 19, 2023
Capturing the Lightning: Weather Photography Tips

In our 2022 Weather Band Photo Contest Winners Webinar, we gained insights from Jeremy Bower and Laura Hedien, discussing their award-winning photos and offering valuable advice for fellow weather photographers, including tips on storm chasing gear and optimal settings for capturing lightning.

Invisible Rainbows: Secrets of the Sky's Most Colorful Phenomena
July 13, 2023
Invisible Rainbows: Secrets of the Sky's Most Colorful Phenomena

Rainbows captivate us with their colorful beauty, formed by sunlight interacting with raindrops. Double rainbows and the dark band between arcs add to the excitement. Primary rainbows feature red on top, while the secondary rainbow displays fainter, inverted colors, and occasionally, pastel-colored supernumeraries enchant our sight. Rainbows hold hidden wonders, even for those familiar with their formation, inspiring us since ancient times.

By Lourdes B. Avil├ęs, Ph.D.
So You Want to Go Storm Chasing: Tips and Lessons Learned
July 12, 2023
So You Want to Go Storm Chasing: Tips and Lessons Learned

Maestros Amber Liggett and Dr. Ashton Robinson Cook lead a discussion about storm chasing during the spring and summer seasons.

A (N)ice Bridge
July 11, 2023
A (N)ice Bridge

A recent study suggests that climate conditions during two specific time periods created a bridge for early human migration from Asia to North America. The presence of sea ice in the northeast Pacific Ocean, identified through sediment cores, indicates that land migration may have been more feasible than previously thought. These findings challenge earlier theories and propose that ice movements along the west coast of North America provided a more accessible route for the first Americans. The study sheds light on the influence of climate on early human migration to the Americas.

Cool Trees
July 6, 2023
Cool Trees

Increasing tree cover to 30% in European cities could prevent up to one-third of summer deaths caused by the urban heat island effect, according to research published in The Lancet, highlighting the importance of integrating green areas and sustainable urban planning.

Clear Skies Ahead: Becky Depodwin
July 4, 2023
Clear Skies Ahead: Becky Depodwin

Becky Depodwin, senior consultant at Guidehouse, on opportunities outside of the traditional school curriculum she feels can be beneficial to securing a job in a weather profession of choice. For more, listen to the Clear Skies Ahead podcast, with new episodes released every month.

My Father and the Conrad Holmboe Expedition to Greenland in Summer 1923
July 1, 2023
My Father and the Conrad Holmboe Expedition to Greenland in Summer 1923

During the Conrad Holmboe expedition to Greenland in 1923, Thomas Rossby's father faced challenging ice conditions while attempting to reach a weather station, a remarkable journey that was revealed to Thomas years later and documented in Gunnar Isachsen's book 'Grønland'.

By Thomas Rossby
Ready for a Sneak Attack
June 29, 2023
Ready for a Sneak Attack

A recent study reveals that the origins of sneaker waves, which pose a danger to beachgoers, lie in the relationship between surface gravity waves and longer infragravity waves, providing insights to improve advanced warning systems.

More Than A Scientist: J. P. Kalb
June 27, 2023
More Than A Scientist: J. P. Kalb

J. P. Kalb
Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Hanford, California
 

International Meteorology: How TV Audiences Get Their Forecast Around the World
June 27, 2023
International Meteorology: How TV Audiences Get Their Forecast Around the World
Attention All Weather Photographers: The 2023 AMS Weather Band Photo Contest Is Now Open!
June 14, 2023
Attention All Weather Photographers: The 2023 AMS Weather Band Photo Contest Is Now Open!
21 June: Show Your Stripes for Climate Awareness!
June 14, 2023
21 June: Show Your Stripes for Climate Awareness!

On June 21st, we celebrate the sixth annual #ShowYourStripes Day, a global movement where meteorologists, climate communicators, and concerned individuals come together to raise awareness about the warming of our planet. Join us in displaying the colorful climate visuals called Warming Stripes and let's take action for a sustainable future!

By Lauren Casey, meteorologist at Climate Central
A Full Cargo of Data
June 6, 2023
A Full Cargo of Data

The HMS Challenger expedition, conducted from 1872 to 1876, collected oceanographic data from around the world and is now commemorated through the Oceans 1876 project, which offers a website with the collected information and provides a valuable snapshot of the preindustrial Earth.

Laura Sime
June 5, 2023
Laura Sime

Laura Sime, head of Catastrophe Modeling Support at AXIS Re, on what courses/skills beyond the required math and science courses she thinks would be the helpful to individuals wanting a career in the profession.

Chillin' Ain't Chillaxin'
June 2, 2023
Chillin' Ain't Chillaxin'

The lowest wind chill temperature in U.S. history was recorded on February 3, 2023, at the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, reaching an astounding –47°F due to powerful winds and freezing temperatures.

Alec Kownacki
June 1, 2023
Alec Kownacki

Alec Kownacki, meteorologist with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, on what he likes most about his job. For more, listen to the Clear Skies Ahead podcast, with new episodes released every month.

2022 Weather Band Photo Contest Winners Webinar
May 25, 2023
2022 Weather Band Photo Contest Winners Webinar

Winners of the 2022 Weather Band Photo Contest share the stories behind their winning photographs.

Don't Fry! Protect Yourself From the Dangers of the Sun
May 22, 2023
Don't Fry! Protect Yourself From the Dangers of the Sun

The NWS and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention promote "Don't Fry Day" on May 26, 2023, raising awareness for sun safety, skin cancer risks, and heat-related illness.

By National Weather Service and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention
SoCal Soaking: The Atmospheric River Event of January 2023
May 18, 2023
SoCal Soaking: The Atmospheric River Event of January 2023

Vivian Rennie of Central California’s KSBY TV, discusses the impacts of atmospheric rivers on California's Central Coast this January.

Timely Data
May 15, 2023
Timely Data

Researchers take a look back 66 million years in a recent study to confirm that Earth has a mechanism to self-regulate its temperature.

A Cleanversation with Science Moms
May 12, 2023
A Cleanversation with Science Moms

By starting Cleanversations, Science Moms lets parents across the country know: it’s never been easier — or more affordable — to help save our kids’ futures.