Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.
By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:00 PM GMT on March 28, 2008
Well, today's blog marks my 921st blog since I began blogging in April of 2005. At long last, I've found time to organize my blogs by subject so we can easily find an old blog. This is now a permanent link at the right of my blog page under the "Previous Entries for 2008" section titled, "Complete Archive by Subject--new!" I've broken out my blogs on individual hurricanes and tropical storms for a particular year into their own index page; my busiest year was (duh!) 2005, when I wrote 251 blogs on the individual storms that occurred. My record for most blogs in a month is 68, set in September of 2005.
I'm not sure how how each blog ranks in terms of number of readers, but below is a list of five blogs I spent the most time working on. These aren't necessarily the blogs I am proudest of. I am still trying to find the right balance between providing unbiased scientific facts and my personal opinions. For the most part, I feel my blogs are most valuable when I allow readers to draw their own conclusions based on the facts presented. For example, I say little on what efforts should be made to slow down global warming. I am not an expert in policy or economics. However, I do get very upset when I hear politicians and scientists lying or distorting the facts, and feel a strong need to speak up when that occurs. Many of the below blogs reflect that passion:
Climate Change: An analysis of Dr. Richard Lindzen's Wall Street Journal op-ed accusing climate scientists of alarmism: Climate of Fear.
Hurricanes: The appalling failure of our elected leaders to prevent the Katrina disaster: Katrina: an unnatural disaster.
Politics: The numbers former National Hurricane Center chief Bill Proenza used to justify replacement of the aging QuikSCAT satellite just didn't add up: Challenging Bill Proenza's QuikSCAT numbers.
Air Pollution: Which is worse--a Category 5 hurricane, or a major air pollution episode? Pick your poison.
Aviation: A flight I took into a hurricane strength 'Noreaster in 1989: Flying into a record 'Noreaster.
Humor: Well, the image of George W. Bush at the National Hurricane Center that appears as the image header for the humor section is from a blog I haven't posted yet. Tune in on Tuesday, April 1, to see a hurricane humor piece I put a rather ridiculous amount of effort into!
Thanks go to all of you who've contributed to the value of this blog by posting intelligent comments, and those who share their weather knowledge and experiences through their own blogs. I also want to thank the many Personal Weather Station owners who upload their data, and the wunderphotographers that share their pictures. I've linked a few of my favorites from past blogs below. I look forward to many more years of blogging!
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