Monthly Archives: May 2013

Get as low as you can and put as many walls as you can between you and the tornado.

This guest post comes from Dr. Harold Brooks, a Senior Scientist in the Forecast Research and Development Division at NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, and an AMS Fellow. A thoughtful and useful contribution to the national discussion … Continue reading

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Even as Moore recovers, we should guard against a greater threat.

The news continues from Moore, Oklahoma, as the community begins an all-too-familiar recovery process: remembering the beloved who died, and saying farewell; healing from injury, and caring for those who need to mend;  sifting through the rubble for what can … Continue reading

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Amidst the tragedy… Moore, Oklahoma provides the nation a teachable moment.

Speaking of teachable, let’s start with those teachers. Every news vignette reminds us that our K-12 teachers are instructors, but far more. When the situation demands, they’re true first responders. Heroes. But not just heroes. They didn’t just risk life and … Continue reading

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Comfort in the aftermath of (another) Moore tornado

What is your only comfort in life and in death? A stunned town and a distraught nation cry out in anguish this morning. Yet another tornado has hit Moore, a suburban community on the outskirts of Oklahoma City.  This is … Continue reading

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Tapped Out

another guest post from George Leopold… It’s not the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, but the drought gripping the American Great Plains since at least 2011 has reportedly lowered water levels in southern sections of the High Plains Aquifer by … Continue reading

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When it comes to STEM, “both-and” is better than “either-or.”

Last month, the White House issued an important statement on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The statement builds on February remarks by the President: “We’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes … Continue reading

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Climate change and the nation’s infrastructure draws scrutiny from the GAO… and the AMS

Climate change continues to draw attention and concern from those focused on long-range planning, and big-ticket items, such as the nation’s critical infrastructure. Those zeroing in on the topic span the gamut from the Government Accountability Office of the U.S. Congress to the American … Continue reading

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The outlook for reducing losses from natural hazards

The other day a colleague was in my office and as part of the conversation she and I did a quick walkthrough of a powerpoint presentation I’d given about a decade ago on natural hazards. As part of that presentation … Continue reading

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A TALE OF TWO NAPA VALLEYS

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season … Continue reading

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NAPA weighs in on National Weather Service improvement.

When the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (NAS/NRC) released its report Weather Services for the Nation: Becoming Second to None back in the summer of 2012, it was widely understood that the NRC study, which focused on needed investments, … Continue reading

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