Predicting Winter...In An Unusual Way

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 1:22 PM GMT on November 18, 2015

Everyone always wants to know what the winter is going to be like. Will we get more snow? Is it going to be colder than normal? These are common questions as we approach the winter solstice. During a significant El Nino, these questions become even more vigorous because there are well known teleconnection patterns associated with it that can affect our weather patterns. Many seasonal prediction approaches are anchored in such El Nino-related linkages.


The Indiana Jones of Climate Change: Dr. Kim Cobb and Her Use of Paleoclimate

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 11:01 AM GMT on November 14, 2015

Why do we say that Dr. Kim Cobb may be the Indiana Jones of Climate? If you watch Weather Geeks Sunday at Noon ET, you will understand. First off, if you are under 35, Indiana Jones was an adventurous professor that traveled the world in search of rare archaeological finds in the Raiders of the Lost Ark series of movies. But I digress (smile).

Kim Cobb does the same except she goes to remote places looking for past clues about climate to inform the curren...

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Updated: 11:02 AM GMT on November 14, 2015

What It's Like In The Strongest Hurricane (Patricia) on Record

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 1:46 PM GMT on November 04, 2015

I hate to use the term "Must Watch" because it sounds manufactured and steeped in hype. However, if you are a weather geek, enthusiast, or professional, these words apply for Sunday's episode of Weather Geeks.

We recently witnessed the strongest hurricane on record, Hurricane Patricia. It made landfall in Mexico and had many of us in awe as it rapidly intensified (see my discussion at Forbes).

Believe it or not, after the storm made landfall, ...

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The Brave World of Incident Meteorologists (IMETs) and Pyro-Cumulus Too

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 6:32 PM GMT on October 28, 2015

If you are a meteorologist, you have certainly been asked the following questions: What channel are you on?

Many people associate meteorologists only with the weathercaster on the newscast. In fact, the vast majority of meteorologists are not involved with TV at all. According to surveys by the American Meteorological Society, less than 10% of meteorologists are broadcasters.

One of the more interesting types of meteorologist is the Incident M...

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Updated: 6:34 PM GMT on October 28, 2015

The El Nino Myth-busting Episode

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 11:26 AM GMT on October 22, 2015

Record El Nino, Godzilla El Nino......These headlines have dominated for the last several months. El Nino is a significant climate-related event that affects weather patterns around the world through various teleconnections. Comparisons have rightfully been made with the strong 1997-1998 event. However, I find that there is a "ton" of misinformation out there about what it is and what happens because of it.

For this reason, we've invited Certified Consul...

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