Space Weather: Could a $3 Trillion Disaster Loom?

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 3:09 PM GMT on June 23, 2015

Most people are familiar with the "northern lights' or Aurora Borealis. Heck, they were visible as far south as Georgia recently. As beautiful as they are, that is not why I care about the burgeoning field of "Space Weather."

Some of the top experts in the world say there is not a question of "if" but when concerning a geomagnetic or solar storm event that could result in losses up to $3 trillion. Significant space weather events, like the one we saw earl...

space weather

What is #BrownOcean? Is Bill experiencing it?

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 12:08 PM GMT on June 17, 2015

"Oh, no...not the latest media buzz word...."
"It probably has no science behind it...."
"Oh that is really cool...."
"Wow, intuitive but never thought about that...."

Things I saw in social media....

The "brown ocean" term is something we came up with a few years ago to capture, in simple terms, some of the findings from a NASA funded study that Dr. Theresa Andersen and I proposed (Link).

I was initially motivated by...

Hurricane brown ocean

Updated: 1:47 PM GMT on June 17, 2015

Severe Weather Roundtable, Part 2

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 8:24 PM GMT on June 09, 2015

There are weather topics that just don't go away. They live on within social media, conference hallways, and other venues. Severe weather is one of them. Our scientific knowledge and technology are quite good, but people still die from storms or lose property. In addition to that, people find tornadic storms or hailstorms fascinating.

As we continue with the threat of severe weather in the United States, we decided to invite a TV Meteorologist, National ...

severe weather communications tornadoes

Updated: 12:08 PM GMT on June 19, 2015

Touchdowns (Tornado or NFL), Owen Daniels comes to Weather Geeks

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 1:45 PM GMT on June 04, 2015

Ok, Ok, I know that many people make the mistake of saying that a "tornado is on the ground or has touched down (Link)." By definition of the term "tornado", this is a redundant statement like hot water heater, ATM Machine, or Los Angeles Angels.

However, let's go with it for the purpose of this blog.....

A recent Capital Weather Gang story featured professional sports athletes that are Weather Geeks (e.g., Mike Trout, Kevin Durant, and Owen D...

Updated: 2:01 PM GMT on June 04, 2015

5 Common Science Mistakes in Twitter Tech, Blog State U. or University of Wikipedia

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 4:53 PM GMT on June 01, 2015

Twitter and social media are great. However, they do create a perception that "equal access means equal expertise". I can tweet an opinion to a nuclear engineer or a plumber. However, this is where my approach differs from many in social media. I am trained in meteorology and climate so I am going to assume the plumber knows a bit more than me about changing a garbage disposal or that nuclear engineer is more current on the latest cooling tower technologies.

Updated: 7:26 PM GMT on June 01, 2015

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