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The AMS 2024 Annual Meeting: Schumpeter’s gale hits, this time from the user side.

The previous LOTRW post focused on the growth and importance of AI to the meteorology and to the AMS 2024 Annual Meeting. To recap: The rapid growth of AI’s capabilities and reach are transforming research and science-based services in meteorology, … Continue reading

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Schumpeter’s Gale makes landfall at the 2024 AMS Annual Meeting

The previous LOTRW post found me eager to attend the (then-upcoming) American Meteorological Society’s Annual Meeting, which took place from January 28-February 1 in Baltimore – and sold on the importance of conferences and meetings to the progress of science … Continue reading

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In praise of meetings.

“I meet, therefore I am.” – (what Descartes might say were he alive today?) “It’s the community, stupid!” – (with apologies to James Carville) As I write this, the AMS 104th Annual Meeting is underway up the road in Baltimore, … Continue reading

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Regifting: personal (and meteorological) reflections on Christmas Day 2023.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” – John 3:16 NIV “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, … Continue reading

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COP-28 re-enters the real world.

Earth’s atmosphere is warming, but when it comes to institutions of marriage and honeymoons, the air seems cooler, bordering on frigid. Statistics show that marriage is on the decline, especially in the wealthier countries. The duration and scheduling of honeymoons … Continue reading

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This Advent season, there’s hope at COP 28

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. – Lyrics from the Christmas hymn O Holy Night[1] As I write this, the COP 28 United Nations Climate Conference is still underway but … Continue reading

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The real world. No place for wishful thinking. Part 5. Reparations (by any other name)? Money is just the start.

In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines. – Proverbs 18:17 When I posted Part 4 a week ago, I breathed a sigh of relief. I figured this string had run its course, … Continue reading

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The real world. No place for wishful thinking. Part 4. Climate (and other) reparations.

“Don’t fix the blame. Fix the problem.” – (origin unclear…) Happy Thanksgiving! Climate reparations are indeed no place for wishful thinking – but perhaps the topic could stand a bit of thankful thinking. And when better to acknowledge this than … Continue reading

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The real world. No place for wishful thinking. Part 3. (Water) Pollution.

Earlier LOTRW posts revisited the two of the three simultaneous challenges to living on the real world – building resilience to Earth’s hazards, and accessing Earth’s resources (with a focus on water). Today’s post returns to the third: minimizing the … Continue reading

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Remembering Richard E. Hallgren, 1932-2023.

On November 5th, the Nation and the world lost a towering figure. Only a relative handful may have known his name. But all eight billion people worldwide owe Richard Hallgren a debt of thanks every day for his contributions to … Continue reading

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