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Schumpeter’s gale.

A victim of Schumpeter’s Gale…                                     …and the man himself Named tropical storms have been with us for decades; Andrew, Katrina, Sandy and other … Continue reading

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Craig McLean selected as Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.

“If you want to move a barge, and you kick it – you’ll just hurt your foot. But if you lean against it, pretty soon it has to move your way.” – Joseph O. Fletcher Joe Fletcher, former NOAA OAR … Continue reading

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Going home… again?

“Don’t you know you can’t go home again?” the author Ella Winter[1] “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” – Heraclitus Today I make passage through … Continue reading

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Pushing the boundaries.

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein This past Thursday, January 15, Will Steffen of the Australian National University and seventeen co-authors generated a bit of media stir with the electronic publication … Continue reading

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Four metrics: four conversations.

Four conversations – and their juxtaposition –merit our reflection on this three-day weekend. Interestingly, each swirls around an indicator. The first is the Dow. The Dow and other stock-market indices hit new highs toward the end of 2014, but the … Continue reading

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Fulfilling the Vision of Weather, Water, and Climate Information for Every Need, Time, and Place

A tall order? That’s AMS President Bill Gail’s theme for the 95th AMS Annual Meeting getting underway here in Phoenix, Arizona. Here is an (extended) excerpt: “People, businesses, and government agencies depend increasingly on weather, water, and climate information matched … Continue reading

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“I Am”… thoughts at the transition from 2014-2015.

The ninth of Bill Gail’s ten questions in his new book is this: do we live in a special time? He was asking of course, whether we are at a pivotal point in world history. It is tempting to see … Continue reading

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Two books worth reading.

Regrettably, you usually see the word “reading” tied to the word “remedial” in these LOTRW posts. All too often I find myself belatedly giving attention to books I wish I’d come across years earlier, when they were first published. Could … Continue reading

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Innovation in space technology and its applications: stepping up the pace.

As hinted in an earlier LOTRW post, NASA’s Applied Sciences Program (ASP) and the 2007 NRC Report Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond (the Decadal Survey) have accomplished a beneficial synergism. The … Continue reading

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Do you hear what I hear?

Said the night wind to the little lamb, “Do you see what I see? Way up in the sky, little lamb, Do you see what I see? A star, a star, dancing in the night With a tail as big … Continue reading

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