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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. 

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May 2, 2024
Weather You Know: Severe Weather Trivia
Weather You Know: Severe Weather Trivia
April 24, 2024
Heading into the 2024 Hurricane Season: What Everyone Needs to Know
Heading into the 2024 Hurricane Season: What Everyone Needs to Know

Join us as we approach the start of hurricane season with NHC Director Dr. Mike Brennan as he highlights improvements to NWS products and services, and discusses recent social media chatter on creating a Category 6.

April 19, 2024
Weather Lens: the 2023 Weather Band Photo Contest Winners
Weather Lens: the 2023 Weather Band Photo Contest Winners

The 2023 Weather Band Photo Contest winners, Kristy Sharkey, Elan Azriel, and Michael Seger shared the stories behind their stunning photos. Alan Sealls moderated as they discussed their winning entries and offered insights into great weather photography.

April 15, 2024
Pigeon Point Green Flash
Pigeon Point Green Flash

As a long-time meteorologist, I have known of and have been watching for the Green Flash whenever I ventured to the coast at sunset. Those efforts were unsuccessful until about four years ago when I moved to the central California coast and began photographing sunsets regularly with a telephoto lens.

By Jan Null
April 11, 2024
Rooting into Plant Hardiness Zone Maps for Blooming Good Gardens
Rooting into Plant Hardiness Zone Maps for Blooming Good Gardens

Gardeners are well aware of the effects of weather on their plants. The timing and amount of rain, snow, heat, cold, sun, or clouds can impact the performance of their plantings. Climate plays an important role, as well, with some perennial flowers, trees, and shrubs better able to handle colder winter extremes than others. To help gardeners know what plants should be able to survive the winters in their region, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) publishes maps of Plant Hardiness Zones, and these maps were recently updated for the first time since 2012.

By Chris Vagasky
April 10, 2024
Mountain wave over Lake Ontario
Mountain wave over Lake Ontario

A Pilot Report over Lake Ontario near Rochester (ROC), New York showing high wind from the east which caused a mountain wave near Rochester west of the mountains.

By Alan Baughman
April 8, 2024
Raining Away
Raining Away

Do you ever stop to smell flowers? Sit back and watch the clouds? I’m a huge proponent of purposefully immersing oneself in nature (or lazily basking in the sunshine). Mindfulness lets me find those little moments in nature most people miss and lets the weather come to me instead of me deliberating chasing it. Those moments are the best for any weather photography.

By Ashley Orehek Rossi
April 7, 2024
Clear Skies Ahead: Mathew Brown
Clear Skies Ahead: Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown of the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma, on a typical day on the job as a postdoctoral fellow.

April 5, 2024
A Day That Changed Tornado Research - A Look Back at the 1974 Super Outbreak
A Day That Changed Tornado Research - A Look Back at the 1974 Super Outbreak
April 3, 2024
A Day That Changed Tornado Research - A Look Back at the 1974 Super Outbreak
A Day That Changed Tornado Research - A Look Back at the 1974 Super Outbreak

Join our special 90-minute webinar discussing the historic April 3-4, 1974 tornado outbreak, which devastated 13 states and Ontario with at least 148 tornadoes, including the most F5 tornadoes from a single event.

April 3, 2024
Weather Band Maestros: Preparing for the Eclipse
Weather Band Maestros: Preparing for the Eclipse

Some of AMS Maestros are getting ready to experience the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Check out what they are doing to get ready, and join AMS Weather Band before and after the eclipse for webinars and ways you can get involved!

April 2, 2024
Eclipse 2024! Sunblock, Scorpions and Double Diamond Rings
Eclipse 2024! Sunblock, Scorpions and Double Diamond Rings

NASA Heliophysist Dr. Lika Guhathakurta and Dave Jones of StormCenter Communications discuss all you need to know about the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse and more!

April 2, 2024
The Weather is Tamed: On-Demand Weather Modification, Fact or Fiction?
The Weather is Tamed: On-Demand Weather Modification, Fact or Fiction?

Robert L. “Bob” Russell spoke with AMS Executive Director Emeritus Keith Seitter about Russell’s book, Thor’s Apprentice, on the new AMS Author Webinar Series. Thor’s Apprentice is his thought-provoking fictional story of the potential good and evil of on-demand weather modification.

March 28, 2024
Iridescent Contrail
Iridescent Contrail

Back in 2020, when I started taking interest and practicing astrophotography, images of different optical phenomenon caught my attention. The beauty and colours of halos, rainbows, and iridescence was something that I fell for and started imaging those, whenever I had a chance.

By Soumyadeep Mukherjee
March 26, 2024
Electrical Storm Over the Strait of Malacca
Electrical Storm Over the Strait of Malacca

Graeme Guy was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He had appointments as a biochemistry researcher in Australia, England and Singapore. A major interest for most of his life has been nature photography with all the natural world being potential targets. While living in Singapore Graeme founded the Nature Photographic Society of Singapore. In his scientific career, he has published over 100 scientific papers and retired in 2011.

By Graeme Guy
March 25, 2024
Triumph from Tragedy: How a Discovery from the 1974 Super Outbreak Saved Countless Lives
Triumph from Tragedy: How a Discovery from the 1974 Super Outbreak Saved Countless Lives

It took quite a while for scientists to gauge the full scope of the damage produced by the 1974 Super Outbreak. One fateful step in this process was when the eminent tornado researcher Tetsuya Theodore “Ted” Fujita flew over and photographed damage tracks. What Fujita discovered in those survey flights a half-century ago ended up transforming aviation safety, and likely saving many thousands of lives.

By Bob Henson
March 21, 2024
Clouds Devouring the Sunset
Clouds Devouring the Sunset

I looked out the window and saw the clouds, illuminated by that orange color of the sun at sunset, majestic, losing all dimension and proportion, and when I made several clicks I noticed the figure that was formed in the clouds, those of an immense shark , about to devour everything in its path, the clouds, the afternoon and the unwary, like me, crouched on a plane, flying straight into its jaws

By Carlos Gustavo Blanco Matus
March 19, 2024
Fata Morgana in the Arctic
Fata Morgana in the Arctic

Fata Morgana is a pretty simple physics principle. When there is a large difference in temperature between a surface and the air immediately above it, this causes a thermal inversion due to the difference in density that bends the light making objects on the horizon appear lengthened or raised up.

By Ellie Van Os
March 15, 2024
You, Science, and the Sun: Be a Citizen Scientist During the April 8 Eclipse!
You, Science, and the Sun: Be a Citizen Scientist During the April 8 Eclipse!

Did you know that you can observe the wonder of the upcoming April 8 solar eclipse AND make an important contribution to science at the same time? Learn about citizen science projects taking place on eclipse day and find out how you can help to contribute potentially groundbreaking data. 

March 14, 2024
Fogbow Over Pack Ice
Fogbow Over Pack Ice

In the arctic winter, the air is cold and the water is frozen and out of circulation, therefore the atmosphere is clear. With summer warming comes cracks in the pack ice. As the dark water is warmed by the atmosphere, water droplets escape into the atmosphere forming fog and clouds. 

By Ellie Van Os
March 12, 2024
Avalanche Safety 101
Avalanche Safety 101

Join the Weather Band for an educational webinar on avalanches, featuring expert insights on identifying risk factors, weather influences, and safety measures.

March 8, 2024
Mapping Inequity
Mapping Inequity

Air pollution does not affect all populations equally, and a new website seeks 
to highlight disparities in the United States by mapping exposure to particulate airborne 
matter, known as PM2.5, by various demographics.

March 6, 2024
These Data Are for the Birds
These Data Are for the Birds

As the lowest layer of the tropo­sphere, the planetary boundary layer (PBL) connects the atmosphere to Earth’s surface and significantly influences weather and climate, which means “understanding PBL dynamics is fundamental to answering a lot of questions about the Earth system.”

March 4, 2024
"Once in a Generation": The 2022 Buffalo Blizzard A Research Spotlight from 32WAF/28NWP/20Meso
"Once in a Generation":  The 2022 Buffalo Blizzard A Research Spotlight from 32WAF/28NWP/20Meso

At the height of the 2022 holiday travel season in New York, a four-day blizzard and lake-effect snow event knocked out power for more than 100,000 people, paralyzed emergency services and holiday travel, and left at least 47 dead.

March 1, 2024
Citizen Science: Advancing Weather and Climate Science One Observation at a Time
Citizen Science: Advancing Weather and Climate Science One Observation at a Time

Learn how citizen scientists contribute to weather forecasting by participating in programs like CoCoRaHS, NWS COOP, and Skywarn, which helps to improve forecast accuracy and warning systems.