Author Archives: William Hooke

The 2016 AMS Annual Meeting, 3-fold problems, and Martin Luther King

If a man is thirty-seven years old, as I am, and compromises what he believes in or knows to be true just because he wants to live a little longer or a little more comfortably, then he may live until … Continue reading

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The 2016 AMS Annual Meeting. Big Data.

Every year, I look forward to coming to the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting. Some of the motivation remains the same year to year. But there’s always something additional, something new, something that makes the blood sing. This year? For … Continue reading

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Weather stories that will endure throughout 2016 and beyond.

Weather has figured in the news as we close out 2015 and enter 2016. For example, writing in the Washington Post, Darryl Fears and Angela Fritz note that: “From the top of the world to near the bottom, freakish and … Continue reading

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My New Year’s resolution for 2016.

“If you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.” – Will Rogers “Your system is perfectly designed to achieve the result you are getting.” – widely quoted, with slight variations, by management experts; sometimes but not always attributed to Edwards … Continue reading

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Mary, did you know?

Work for the American Meteorological Society, and soon you’re using “meteorology” to refer to more than terrestrial weather. You come to see it as a big tent, extending to hydrology, oceanography, and climatology – and even weather in space. Christmas … Continue reading

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Congress signals its intentions toward the geosciences.

“The federal budget is a policy statement.” – widely-quoted Washington aphorism, of unknown origin. “Here’s the way to look at the budget. Next year is a disaster. This year is better than we thought it would be. Last year is … Continue reading

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The Paris postulate: the hidden assumption in the latest climate accord.

Postulate (n.) something taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning. – dictionary.com Read the draft Paris Agreement from the 21st session of the conference of the parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change and … Continue reading

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Progress! The Paris climate accord.

“How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along! It’s like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard, Flowing down Aaron’s beard, flowing down the collar of his priestly robes. It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon flowing … Continue reading

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Congress, scientists, and the subpoenas: the Prequel.

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.  Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; … Continue reading

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Stepping back from the cliff… completing the thought.

“There is as yet no liberty if the power of judging be not separated from legislative power and the executrix” – Montesquieu Picking up from the previous LOTRW post.) At the time our Founding Fathers framed the U.S. Constitution, in 1787, … Continue reading

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