2012 News

Environment Canada cuts threaten science, international agreements

— posted on Feb 15, 2012 09:51 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Recent cuts to the scientific workforce of Environment Canada, a government agency responsible for meteorological services and environmental research, threaten scientific research related to the ozone layer in the upper atmosphere and pollution in the lower atmosphere, according to environmental scientists in the U.S. These reductions in personnel and projected budget cuts also threaten existing international agreements.

Weather Discovery Center welcomes new Hall of Fame inductee, Fred Gadomski

— posted on Jan 31, 2012 04:59 PM

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center is preparing to welcome its ninth inductee into the National Meteorologist Hall of Fame, Fred Gadomski, the host and co-producer of “Weather World,” a 15-minute nightly weather magazine program produced by the Penn State Weather Communications Group.

Upgrading the Hurricane Forecast

— posted on Feb 15, 2012 09:58 AM

“The National Hurricane Center has been doing an excellent job over the past few decades of persistently increasing the hurricane forecast track accuracy,” said Fuqing Zhang, professor of meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University. “But there have been virtually no improvements in the intensity forecast.”

Tree rings may underestimate climate response to volcanic eruptions

— posted on Feb 07, 2012 10:47 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Some climate cooling caused by past volcanic eruptions may not be evident in tree-ring reconstructions of temperature change, because large enough temperature drops lead to greatly shortened or even absent growing seasons, according to climate researchers who compared tree-ring temperature reconstructions with model simulations of past temperature changes.

Climate change had political, human impact on ancient Maya

— posted on Nov 12, 2012 09:19 AM

The role of climate change in the development and demise of classic Maya civilization, ranging from AD 300 to 1000, has been controversial for decades because of a lack of well-dated climate and archaeological evidence.

What is the Difference Between Weather and Climate?

— posted on Feb 24, 2012 01:34 PM

This presentation by Wayne Higgins of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center clarifies the relationships and differences between weather and climate, as well as the differences between natural climate variability and human-induced climate change.

Funding Opportunity for Students in STEM

— posted on Jul 09, 2012 10:31 AM

The Institute for Broadening Participation, a National Science Foundation and NASA grantee, is promoting resources for Students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

The Inside Scoop On 5 Kinds Of Crazy Weather

— posted on Oct 15, 2012 02:59 PM

Most of us had never heard the term "derecho" until Friday, when we learned that's what meteorologists call the kind of massive storm that swept through the Midwest and blitzed the Eastern Seaboard, killing at least 20 people and leaving a 700-mile swath of destruction and downed power lines in its wake.

Multiple proxy datasets can clarify ancient climate regimes

— posted on Jul 03, 2012 03:53 PM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Tree ring and oxygen isotope data from the U.S. Pacific Northwest do not provide the same information on past precipitation, but rather than causing a problem, the differing results are a good thing, according to a team of geologists.

Talking Up A Storm - Spotlight on Warren M. Washington

— posted on Mar 01, 2012 03:54 PM

GPB (Georgia Public Broadcasting) in honor of Black History Month is spotlighting a remarkable atmospheric scientist and climate researcher. His name is Dr. Warren M. Washington, and his contributions to the scientific community - both in and out of the lab - are worth honoring this February.

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