2009 News

World's largest tornado experiment heads for the Great Plains

— posted on May 18, 2009 11:26 AM

The largest and most ambitious tornado study in history will begin next week, as dozens of scientists deploy radars and other ground-based instruments across the Great Plains to gain a better understanding of these often-deadly weather events.

Alumnus George Bryan ('96, '98, '03) wins AMS Banner I. Miller Award

— posted on Dec 10, 2009 10:10 AM

Congratulations to Meteorology alumnus and 2006 Penn State Alumni Achievement Awardee, George Bryan ('96, '98, '03), who has won the American Meteorological Society's Banner I. Miller Award along with Rich Rotunno, Assistant Director, Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology at NCAR.

AccuWeather founder pledges $2 million for Penn State weather center

— posted on Sep 11, 2009 02:02 PM

Joel N. Myers, the founder, president and chairman of AccuWeather Inc. and current Penn State trustee and alumnus, has committed $2 million to help ensure Penn State’s continued international leadership in meteorology, University President Graham B. Spanier announced at the Board of Trustees meeting today (Sept. 11).

Nature article estimates Atlantic hurricanes and climate over the past 1,500 years

— posted on Sep 10, 2009 10:32 AM

"Mann, working with Jonathan D. Woodruff, assistant professor of geosciences, University of Massachusetts; Jeffrey P. Donnelly, associate scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Zhihua Zhang, postdoctoral assistant, Penn State, reconstructed the past 1,500 years of hurricanes using two independent methods. They report their results in the Aug. 13 issue of Nature."

New record set for earliest snowfall

— posted on Oct 15, 2009 05:06 PM

It’s official. According to the National Weather Service in State College, the earliest local snowfall in recorded history has a new mark -- Oct. 15, 2009.

Hurricane-calming technology? Bill Gates has a plan

— posted on Jul 17, 2009 11:19 AM

Says climate scientist Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University in State College: "Needless to say, there is a whole lot of skepticism about this among tropical meteorologists. But it's not so ridiculous that I would actually dismiss it out of hand. There is certainly an important role of upper ocean mixing on tropical cyclone behavior."

Oceanography: The dark side of marine carbon

— posted on Sep 04, 2009 04:35 PM

By Raymond Najjar. The fate of sinking particulate organic matter in the world ocean is a key source of uncertainty in the global carbon cycle. Model simulations suggest that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations depend critically on the depths that these particles typically reach.

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