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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.

November 14, 2023
Getting Ready for an El Niño Winter: 2023–2024 Outlook
Getting Ready for an El Niño Winter: 2023–2024 Outlook

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. 

By Douglas Hilderbrand and Katie Pflaumer
November 12, 2023
The New Face of Severe Weather--As Manifest at the Higher Level of "Earth's Reality Game"
The New Face of Severe Weather--As Manifest at the Higher Level of "Earth's Reality Game"

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.  

By William H. Hooke
November 9, 2023
Readings - Interview: Atmospheric Thermodynamics
Readings - Interview: Atmospheric Thermodynamics

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.

November 6, 2023
"It Just Seems Like Storms Always Go There, Not Here"
"It Just Seems Like Storms Always Go There, Not Here"

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 affect you directly?
You might not be alone, and the effect of these beliefs, in some cases, could be consequential.
 

By Kim Klockow McClain
November 1, 2023
Summer Season Review...Wildfires, Extreme Heat, and Beach Safety
Summer Season Review...Wildfires, Extreme Heat, and Beach Safety

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

October 30, 2023
Weather, Climate, and the Boys of Summer: A Fall Classic Conversation
Weather, Climate, and the Boys of Summer: A Fall Classic Conversation
By Chris Vagasky
October 29, 2023
Clear Skies Ahead: Melissa Burt
Clear Skies Ahead: Melissa Burt

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.

October 26, 2023
Nudge Theory and Choice Architecture: Can Weather Social Science Be this Simple?
Nudge Theory and Choice Architecture: Can Weather Social Science Be this Simple?

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 criteria for "effective communication" and who determines it.

By Kim Klockow McClain
October 23, 2023
Living On The Real World, With William H. Hooke
Living On The Real World, With William H. Hooke

Climate Change Science in K–12 Education

By William H. Hooke
October 11, 2023
Eclipse 2023-2024: A Different Kind of Sunblock!
Eclipse 2023-2024: A Different Kind of Sunblock!

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.

October 10, 2023
A Cat. 5 Five Years Later... the Lasting Legacy of Hurricane Michael
A Cat. 5 Five Years Later... the Lasting Legacy of Hurricane Michael

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.