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Penn State Meteorology alumnus, Ken Reeves, passes away

— posted on Mar 27, 2012 12:24 PM

The Department of Meteorology is saddened by the news that Ken Reeves was involved in a home accident that took his life on Sunday, March 25, 2012. Ken was a respected alumnus and great ambassador for Penn State Meteorology and he will be sorely missed.

To the Point: Meteorologist discusses mild winter, future 2012 weather

— posted on Mar 15, 2012 10:54 AM

Paul Knight is a senior lecturer in Penn State's Department of Meteorology, Pennsylvania state climatologist and producer, co-host and on-camera meteorologist of "Weather World," a 15-minute weeknight weather magazine show broadcast on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) and WPSU-TV. He also researches long-range prediction techniques and the use of artificial intelligence in forecasting significant weather events. He talks about the warmer weather this season.

Dr. James E. Hoke Recipient of 2012 Hosler Scholar Medal

— posted on Mar 09, 2012 01:45 PM

Dr. Hoke will receive the Hosler Scholar Medal at the 2012 College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Wilson Awards Banquet to be held on the evening of April 29, 2012. He will visit with students and faculty in Meteorology in conjunction with his visit.

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.

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