David M. Babb

David M. Babb

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Meteorology
  • Fellow, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute
425 Earth Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: dbabb@ems.psu.edu
Phone: (814) 863-3918


  1. BS -- University of Kansas (Atmospheric Science, Honors)
  2. PhD -- The Pennsylvania State University (Meteorology)


Although I started my career in retrieval techniques for cloud microphysical properties, I have spent the last 10 years designing educational materials for the layperson who wants to learn more about meteorology.  Currently, I serve as the Lead Faculty for the Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting Program.  This program consists of four online courses designed to give weather enthusiasts a deeper understanding of mid-latitude, tropical, and mesoscale weather processes. My team of authors and instructors accomplish this goal by presenting complex topics from a conceptual (rather than mathematical) perspective. In addition, we provide a suite of interactive animations that students can use to better explore concepts presented in the lesson materials.

To date, the Certificate program has over 150 alumni of all ages, backgrounds, and interests.  For some, the program has allowed them to apply weather knowledge at work, providing better decisions for their employers and clients.  For others, the concepts that they have learned have simply allowed them to pursue their passion (flying, hiking, surfing, sailing, etc.), while having a better understanding about the atmosphere around them.

If you are interested in exploring the types of online learning materials that we have created, please check out the sample materials at www.learningweather.psu.edu

Want to learn more about the weather? Here is information about the Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting.