Monthly Archives: July 2014

Ken Crawford remembered.

“When you’re born, you cry and the world laughs. Live your life so that when you die, you laugh and the world cries”.—origin unknown Norman, Oklahoma and the meteorological community has seen a second outpouring of grief in as many … Continue reading

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Think the AMS doesn’t speak with one voice?

Then check out this remarkable visual created by Dr. Joanna Boehnert (a visiting fellow at CIRES) and posted on her Ecolabs blog: Here’s how Dr. Boehnert describes the graphic: The poster illustrates relationships between prominent actors and major organizations participating … Continue reading

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In memory of James Garner, why not consider a Maverick approach to DC-advocacy?

Maverick: Southwestern U.S. an unbranded calf, cow, or steer, especially an unbranded calf that is separated from its mother. 2. a. a lone dissenter, as an intellectual, an artist, or a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from his … Continue reading

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WXGeeks-o-genesis

Off to a good start… The Weather Channel and its host Marshall Shepherd launched their new Sunday noontime series, WXGeeks, yesterday, amidst a fair amount of fanfare, generating considerable media interest (see, e.g., the Eric Holthaus piece in Slate). The … Continue reading

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Flocking behavior: implications for communicating with one voice

How important is it for meteorologists to “communicate with one voice?” What does that phrase mean in the context of our community? And if communicating with one voice is desirable, how might we go about it? A July 17 LOTRW … Continue reading

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Grandmother of the Year.

Here’s how you get nominated for Grandmother of the Year, in my book. On Thursday, a sunny, uncharacteristically cool and dry summer’s day in DC (reflecting, we’re told, at least by some, the magic of the “polar vortex”), you don’t … Continue reading

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Speak with one voice? Or vive la différence?

The meteorological community occasionally wrings its hands at “our failure to speak with one voice.” It would really be interesting to hear your (likely differing) voices on this topic! In hopes of stimulating such a discussion, here’s a perspective to … Continue reading

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Tim Palmer awarded the IOP 2014 Dirac Gold Medal.

The Institute of Physics has awarded Tim Palmer of the University of Oxford its 2014 Dirac Gold Medal for theoretical physics, “for the development of probabilistic weather and climate prediction systems.” Most LOTRW readers won’t be familiar with the Dirac … Continue reading

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All together now, WXGeeks: 1…2…3…view.

The Weather Channel announced today that beginning this Sunday, July 20, at noon EDT, it will begin a new weekly television broadcast series, WXGeeks. Here’s an excerpt from the press release: For scientists, policy makers, emergency managers and fans of … Continue reading

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Just say “no” to condemnation

A reader who prefers to remain anonymous created and passed along the following graphic in reponse to the July 15 LOTRW post on Condemnation…HIV-style criticism. With my thanks, I’m posting it here: Says it all.

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