Where are the Tornadoes? WxGeeks has 2 guests that might know (or not)!

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 7:22 PM GMT on March 17, 2015

Where are the Tornadoes?

It was a question that came up as I chatted with this week's WxGeeks guest before taping the show. It is no secret that severe weather activity is quiet right now (that's a good thing, but an odd thing). At the time of writing (March 17th), there have been no U.S. tornadoes in March. Dr. Greg Forbes posted how rare this is. He says it hasn't happened this late into March since 1969 and is the only time on record since the 1950...

Updated: 7:38 PM GMT on March 17, 2015

Imagine No Water?: Why Warnings from California and Sao Paulo Matter Now

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 3:25 PM GMT on March 16, 2015

Some things really caught my eye the past few weeks about water. It doesn't matter if you are a hydrologist, meteorologist, climatologist, or policymaker, everyone understand that water is essential for life. Human settlement has always established itself where water was available. Heck, even our body is mostly water (See Link).

In a speech that I give about climate and water, I usually tell the story about my son asking if the water on the Earth is the s...

21st Century Meteorologists and Weather Faux Pas

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 8:58 PM GMT on March 10, 2015

As a reflect on my solid training in Meteorology from Florida State University, it was complete with a heavy dose of dynamics, thermodynamics, and quantitative coursework as any good meteorology program worth its salt should be. However, I also wonder if such background is a badge of honor or a dinosaur.

Meteorologists now must possess a diverse set of skills beyond knowing the Omega equation or what a Froude number means. Meteorologists, irrespective of ...

meteorologists curriculum weather myths

Standing Up For Meteorologists by Marshall Shepherd and Chuck Doswell

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 11:51 PM GMT on March 07, 2015

Humorist Joe Queenan has expressed frustration about the forecasts we meteorologists produce (Link). We appreciate such frustrations, as we have them, too. But his somewhat tongue-in-cheek description of our nation’s meteorologists only serves to reinforce a popular stereotype: meteorologists get it wrong at least as often as they get it right. As Brad Panovich has pointed out in an American Geophysical Union comment, this is simply incorrect.

Updated: 2:18 AM GMT on March 08, 2015

Too much lead time for tornadoes? New Outlooks? Let's ask experts at NOAA SPC

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 4:34 PM GMT on March 04, 2015

The question about lead time is one that I've heard discussed in the wake of devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma the past few years. Increasingly, we are at a point of convergence, but it is not "chaser convergence". Instead, we are at a point where good scientific knowledge is converging with how public is warned and consumes information. Are we now providing "useable" information in "too much" time that it creates new challenges for broadcasters, emergency responde...

Updated: 5:44 PM GMT on March 04, 2015

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