AMS in Austin 1

AMS in Austin
I was fortunate enough to attend the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, held this past week in Austin, Texas. Some 3,000 meteorologists, including myself, packed the city’s convention center to mingle and learn about meteorology’s hot topics. Here’s just a brief overview of some things that most interested me. Being a major ...

Hello, Reality

Hello, Reality
In what seems like the blink of an eye, my college career is over. Last week I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in meteorology. My 3.5 years in Happy Valley were terrific. Not only did I study in one of the nation’s top meteorology programs, but I also obtained valuable on ...

Historic Sandy Provides Unique Learning Experience

Historic Sandy Provides Unique Learning Experience
Hurricane Sandy was a historic storm for much of the Northeast. As a meteorology major graduating in December, this storm presented several opportunities. First of all, the shear meteorological factor was remarkable. Being able to forecast a historic storm like Sandy amongst some of the best professors in our field was terrific. Secondly, as a ...

Final Thoughts on NWA Meeting

Final Thoughts on NWA Meeting
Although the 2012 National Weather Association meeting wraps up today, my last day at the conference was Wednesday. In my last few sessions at the conference, several more interesting points were discussed. First of all, the National Weather Service’s Central Region provided preliminary results from the new impact based warnings used this summer. The new ...

NWA Day 2: Visible Satellite at Night Possible

NWA Day 2: Visible Satellite at Night Possible
Another busy, but very interesting day is wrapping up at the National Weather Association meeting in Madison. The highlight of today may have been details regarding VIIRS data available to the National Weather Service. That satellite data now includes a new ‘night band’, essentially allowing for a visible satellite image at night. Traditional visible satellites ...

NWA Meets in Madison 2

NWA Meets in Madison
For the second year in a row, I have the privilege of attending the National Weather Association Annual Meeting. This year’s conference is being held in Madison, Wisconsin. The Broadcast Meteorology session kicked off the event Sunday morning. The importance of social media was a recurring theme, as it has been at several other past ...

AMS Broadcast Conference Caps Off Summer

AMS Broadcast Conference Caps Off Summer
The American Meteorological Society wrapped up its 40th annual Broadcast Meteorology conference Friday in Boston. I was fortunate enough to attend. The conference was an excellent opportunity to meet broadcast meteorologists from around the country. It was enlightening to hear of their challenges, and successes, in a rapidly changing industry. While the benefits of dual ...

Another Visit to Deer Hill

Another Visit to Deer Hill
I recently visited Cohasset’s Deer Hill School to speak to all six third grade classes about weather. We discussed everything from cloud types to tornadoes. It was the 6th year in a row that I’ve visited the school to discuss weather. While I’ve mostly visited the third graders, I’ve also spoke to the 4th and ...

Summer Plans

Summer Plans
Although hard to believe, my summer started last Thursday. With the beginning of summer 2012 comes the frightening, yet exciting, realization that I only have one semester left of college. In December, I intend on graduating from The Pennsylvania State University with my degree in meteorology. Before that time arrives, I will spend the summer ...

Drought Declared

Warm, dry conditions have now led to an official drought in Southeastern Massachusetts. The drought declaration comes just a day after a brush fire scorched several acres of land in Hingham’s Town Forest. The Patriot Ledger recently wrote an article about the warm, dry conditions and asked me for some perspective. > Read the Article