The Making of a Flood

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 5:46 PM GMT on October 21, 2016

Say it with me,

Flooding, Flooding, Flooding........Flooding, Flooding.........Flooding

It doesn't matter how many times we say it, it doesn't evoke the same "umph or fear" that a Cat 5 Hurricane or an EF-5 tornado does. It is traditionally one of the top 2 weather killers annually in the United States, yet often time the public's response to them is "Meh!" The national media doesn't find them as telegenic.

In the past several years...

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A Special 1-Hour Weather Geeks Explores Hurricane Matthew: The Makings of a Disaster

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 10:05 PM GMT on October 11, 2016

When Weather Geeks is an hour-long special you know the event or the topic is significant. Hurricane Matthew is one of those events.

States from Florida to Virginia are recovering from a major hurricane that ravaged Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas, and the United States. This storm was a big deal and likely to land in the $10-$20 billion dollar damage range. More importantly, the storm has claimed more than 1000 lives. In the United States, Matthew shattered bot...

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The Rise of Weather Journalism

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 3:05 PM GMT on September 30, 2016

I wrote an article in Forbes a few weeks ago about the rise of weather journalism. I discussed how a new generation of science reporting and commentary on weather has emerged and is shaking up the field of print, digital, and broadcast journalism.

The show Weather Geeks itself is a unique piece of science journalism. It is a Sunday morning talk show perched within a line-up of Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and This Week. The only difference is that we ...

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Gary Szatkowski: Meteorologist in Charge

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 1:05 PM GMT on September 21, 2016

I try not to overuse the term "Must Watch" but this Sunday's show is just that. We have one of the great modern legends of the weather community on the show. Gary Szatkowski is the retired Meteorologist-In-Charge at the National Weather Service office in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. During Hurricane Sandy, Gary became known nationally for his dramatic and personal actions taken to save the lives of American citizens. He issued a personal plea and even gave out his phone n...

The Six Americas of Climate Change

By: Dr. Marshall Shepherd, 11:43 PM GMT on September 16, 2016

We don't always cover climate change on Weather Geeks but when we do, it is usually with a compelling perspective. We certainly know that there are different viewpoints on the topic. However viewpoint doesn't define the science. Over the past 3 years, we've discussed climate change on the show with the likes of Admiral David Titley, Congressman Bob Inglis, Roger Pielke Sr., President Obama's Science Advisor Holdren, and EPA Administrator McCarthy. Heck, we even disc...

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