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Decoding The Allure Of The Almanac

— posted on Mar 02, 2012 04:03 PM

There's been something wacky with the weather this winter, and many forecasters never saw it coming. Among them was The Old Farmer's Almanac, the quirky, centuries-old mix of historical data, prognostications and folk wisdom. Millions of people consult the almanac, which uses a secret formula to come up with its annual, yearlong weather forecasts, even though meteorologists say it has a dubious track record.

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.

Penn State Meteorology alumnus inducted into OSU Hall of Fame

— posted on Feb 24, 2012 01:34 PM

The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association inducted three alumni into its Hall of Fame on Friday night. The 57th class featured Ray Booker, Malinda Fischer and Benjamin Harjo. The inductees join 156 Hall of Famers, including Boone Pickens, Garth Brooks, Barry Sanders and Eddie Sutton.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Weather Challenge begins January 30th - Register for Meteo 215

— posted on Jan 25, 2012 11:18 AM

WxChallenge, is looking for additional students to develop a strong base for next years group. Because the spring contest has yet to begin there is no penalty for signing up for Meteo 215 now, so please consider picking it up, especially those first-year students who may have dropped in the fall. The department will request a waiver of the $6.00 late add fee.

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