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Lapenta named director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction
William Lapenta, Ph.D., is the new director of NOAA‘s National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).
Students put AccuWeather long-range forecasts to the test
Each fall semester, Meteorology students in my “Introduction to Weather Analysis” course at Penn State University conduct a semester-long forecast verification study as part of the class. Students work in groups, with each group assigned a different city.
Meteorology PhD candidate, Jared Lee, receives "Best Overall Presentation" award from American Meteorological Society
2010 Wilson Banquet Awards
The Father James B. Macelwane Annual Award in Meteorology
Deadline to apply: June 11, 2010
NASA is in town, Porterville site of NASA air quality study
Dr. Anne Thompson, lead scientist and professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, center, Dr. Douglas Martins, field leader and post-doctoral researcher in the meteorology department at Penn State, left, and graduate student Hannah Halliday, inflate a weather balloon that will measure air quality Thursday. The collected data will allow for better observation of air quality from space.
Oklahoma Tornado: NASA Release Images; 1.3 Mile Wide Twister More Powerful Than Atom Bomb?
The terrifying Oklahoma tornado ripped through the state this week and caused indescribable damage that cost the lives of 24 victims. At least 230 more were injured by the twister.
ESSC Scientists make prediction for 2012 North Atlantic Hurricane Season
ESSC Scientist Michael E. Mann and alumnus Michael Kozar have released their prediction for the 2012 North Atlantic hurricane season, which officially starts on June 1st.
EMS boasts five student entrants and keynote speaker at capitol event
Richard Alley, Nobel Prize Laureate and Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences knows how to inspire. And that’s just what he did as keynote speaker for the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol Poster Conference in Harrisburg, Pa., on March 19. He shared his passion about learning, teaching and sharing as key tools for sustaining civilization.
Penn State Meteorology alumnus reflects on Joe Paterno
SMART Scholarship-for-service Program
The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship-for-service Program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mathematics.
The Real Truth About Tornadoes (Op-Ed)
Twisters returned to the national spotlight after a Nov. 17 outbreak viciously tore through 12 states, leaving eight people dead.
Energy and climate change are large factors in U.S. defense, experts tell Senate panel
"I'm often asked if I believe in climate change, and I tell people, 'No. I don't believe in climate change. I'm convinced by the evidence that climate change is happening.' What I believe in is American ingenuity," Titley said. "We really can fix this problem."
Meteorologists needed in future to sort through ever-mounting data
Joel Myers — founder of AccuWeather — gave the lead presentation at the summer American Meteorological Society (AMS) meeting at Penn State University this past week. It was a sobering experience.
Bob Ziegler recieves NADP award
20 years of service excellence
Endowment established for weather analysis and forecasting
A graduate of meteorology and his wife recently pledged $250,000 to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Department of Meteorology to support faculty contributions to teaching, research and public service.
WeatherBrains features Yvette Richardson (November 11, 2013)
Featured guest on WeathBrains is Dr. Yvette Richardson, Associate Professor at Penn State University.
Professor Michael Mann named among 50 most influential
Most Influential 50’s New Names Show Shakeup in Finance
Climatologist Ronald Stouffer honored with Penn State Alumni Fellow Award
Ronald J. Stouffer (’76, '77g, Earth and Mineral Sciences) senior research climatologist and head of the Climate and Ecosystems Group at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was honored with the lifelong title of Penn State Alumni Fellow.
Energy firms tune in to weather forecasts
Professor George Young sheds some light on the relationship between modern weather forecasting and how suppliers and producers use it to predict client demand and supply levels.
Navy rear admiral appointed to direct new center on weather and climate risk solutions
Titley brings his knowledge of climate change as it relates to national security to Penn State
Penn State meteorologist and Weather World anchor Jon Nese on killer tornadoes like Moore, OK
Aside from sports, one of my great interests is weather. It's true that I'm so incredibly geeky about weather phenomenon that I've actually sought out and befriended meteorologists as if they were rock stars. One of those is Penn State meteorology professor Jon Nese, a regular contributor to PSU's mega-geeky delight Weather World (5:45 weekdays, PCN).
Students Discuss STEM Involvement at N.C. A&T Forum
Dr. Jose Fuentes participates in the fifth annual Urban Education Institute
A fiscal Code Blue for 'Code Red' pollution alerts
Think the budget battles in Washington, D.C., are just a lot of hot air? Well, say so long to next-day air pollution forecasts, hanging out on the chopping block amid federal funding fights.
The summer that wasn’t: Mild, wet weather part of persistent pattern that almost set Centre County records
If it seemed like summer never came this year, it wasn’t your imagination.
What we know and don’t know about tornado formation
Forecasters would love to predict violent weather with more accuracy and longer lead times. Researchers are helping them by unraveling the science behind the complex sequence of events that lead to tornadoes.
Six Things Michael Mann Wants You to Know About the Science of Global Warming
There is nothing controversial about the work of climatologist Michael Mann, director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center.
Conditions at Penn State Weather Camp: Mostly curious
UNIVERSITY PARK — Bill Syrett counted down, and more than 40 pairs of eyes turned to the clouds.
Stampede supercomputer helps researchers design and test improved hurricane forecasting system
Fuqing Zhang and a team of weather modelers at Penn State University have created an improved method of hurricane forecasting
Climate change threatens national security
This issue is about science, not politics, and the military is taking it very seriously, reports retired Rear Adm. David W. Titley
College of EMS Upward Bound Math and Science team takes top honors
Two students, Mark Santana-Crespo from Harrisburg High School and Malika Williams-Brooks from Harrisburg SciTech High School, mentored by a team of meteorology researchers in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), took overall first place at the Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) Summer Residential Program’s Awards Ceremony held on Tuesday, July 22, at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus
NOAA Names Mary Erickson New Director of National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
Posted on March 18th, 2014 Mary Erickson has accepted the position of director for the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS).
Time for real leadership on climate change, energy, national security
The parallels between the political decisions regarding climate change we have made and the decisions that led Europe to World War One are striking – and sobering.
“Climate Change War” Is Not a Metaphor
The U.S. military is preparing for conflict, retired Navy Rear Adm. David Titley says in an interview.
The story behind Erica Grow ('02 BS Meteo), one of 23 STEM superstars
Are you naturally curious about how the world works? Interested in helping people or creating things no one has ever dreamed of? If you answered yes, you might be interested in a career in the field of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).
NASA awards $30M grant to Penn State to help answer climate questions
Penn State will lead a five-year, $30 million mission to improve quantification of present-day carbon-related greenhouse gas sources and sinks.
Devin Boyer wins "Best Undergraduate Student Oral Presentation" at the 2013 NWA Annual Meeting
Alumnus Ted Staskiewicz (MS '85) passes away
Jonathan Potterjoy - Best Student Presentation award
Jonathan Potterjoy selected as a student presentation award winner for the 18th IOAS-AOLS Conference
UN Report Says Climate Change Will Threaten Food Production Worldwide
Climate change scientist Michael Mann discusses the most significant findings in the second installment of the IPCC report, and how the media amplifies minority voices who hold contrarian positions in order discredit the report's conclusions - April 1, 14
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Southeast Atmosphere Study (SAS): Unlocking Air Pollution Secrets and the Impacts on Climate Change
SAS, a joint project among the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, Penn State University, and 30 other US and International Research Institutions, is the largest U.S. air quality study in decades
Interdisciplinary team aims to predict the future of Antarctic ice
The National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences has awarded more than $500,000 to Penn State to develop new statistical methods needed for predicting the future of Antarctic ice sheets, which now are melting at an alarming rate.
Department saddened by passing of professor emeritus, Alfred K. Blackadar
Paul Markowski and Fuqing Zhang garner top AMS awards/honors
On behalf of the entire Department, a hearty congratulations on your prestigious awards from the American Meteorological Society!
Where do those snowfall totals on the nightly news come from?
The Blue Hill Observatory, a few miles south of Boston, recently recorded the deepest snow cover in their 130-year history, an incredible 46 inches
Cold: Elite February
February cold is nothing new – we’d like to say this would be a bigger story if this were happening in July – but the intensity of this late-month cold is somewhere between unusual and rare.
A partnership between Meteorology and Journalism provides students with hands-on experience broadcasting their weather forecasts through the "Centre County Report."
It's still a solid hour before sunrise with sub-zero wind chills, but nothing slows Penn State Meteorology student Ryan Breton
New financial umbrellas keep companies dry when it rains on their earnings
Weather: a convenient scapegoat for poor financial performance
Penn State Meteorology faculty garner top awards from the American Meteorological Society
ESSC Scientists make prediction for 2010 North Atlantic Hurricane Season
NASA's new 'Earth Venture' projects to include Penn State air quality component
National Weather Association Meteorological Satellite Applications Award for Undergraduates
The 2010 Meteorological Satellite Applications Scholarship, a great opportunity for undergraduate students to demonstrate scientific excellence in satellite meteorology. The winner receives a $500 scholarship and a chance to present their work at the 2010 NWA Annual Meeting in Tuscon, AZ in October 2010. The deadline for submission of papers is June 16, 2010.
Electricity deregulation will “shock” some central Pennsylvania businesses
From tax shortfalls to price spikes to power blackouts, electricity price deregulation has sometimes been more of problem than a solution, and states sitting on the fence are closely watching what happens with deregulation in Texas and Pennsylvania, which will complete their deregulation programs next year.
Landis Gift Names Broadcast Room in Myers Weather Center
Robert ('63) and Charlotte Landis have long been engaged with students in the College of EMS and specifically in the Department of Meteorology, so we're very pleased that they have decided to name the Broadcasting Room in the Myers Weather Center.
Participate in the WxChallenge!
WxChallege is a forecasting challenge hosted by the University of Oklahoma in which you forecast temperature, wind, and precip for different cities across the country. You will compete with other students at Universities across the country to see who is the best individual forecaster and the best school as a whole. All students are invited to participate regardless of class standing.
President meets with NWS forecasters following devastating Oklahoma tornado
President Obama shakes hands with Stephen Goss ('93, B.S. Meteo), forecaster at the Storm Prediction Center, on Sunday.
Wayne Higgins named director of NOAA’s Climate Program Office
Today, NOAA announced Wayne Higgins, Ph.D., as director of NOAA’s Climate Program Office.
Ray Najjar participates in local discussion on concerns about climate
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - Community leaders meet to discuss what they consider a failure on the part of our government.
Researchers study how to accurately measure a city's greenhouse gas emissions
A team of researchers from Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and several other universities has been testing a method for doing that, by capturing readings of greenhouse gases in an urban atmosphere. Known as INFLUX,
Heinemann honored by national engineering society
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Paul Heinemann, professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Penn State, has been named a fellow by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Penn State Meteorology wins second straight national forecasting title
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- For the second consecutive year, a team of Penn State students captured first place in the Weather Challenge, a North American collegiate weather forecasting competition.
Ozone masks plant's volatiles, plant eating insects confused
"Insects detect odor with olfactory receptors located on their antennae," said Jose D. Fuentes, professor of meteorology, Penn State. "These receptors sense plant-emitted volatile organic compounds in very small amounts -- as low as six molecules hitting an antenna."
John Paul Martin presented with North Dakota Department of Commerce gold medal for developing decision making tools
Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching.
2012 Meteorology graduate, Erin Thomas, recipient of Big Ten Medal of Honor
Penn State athletes net Big Ten honors.
Two Penn State meteorologists receive Emmy nomination by National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Two meteorologists who contribute to Penn State's long-running Weather World show have been nominated for an Emmy by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Report: When it rains, state's downpours are getting worse
Raymond Najjar, a climate scientist in Penn State's Department of Meteorology, said, "Decades of climate research have led us to the inescapable conclusion that fossil-fuel emissions make the atmosphere warmer, moister, and more prone to producing intense precipitations."
Dr. Yvette Richardson elected to Council of The American Meteorological Society
Congratulations Dr. Richardson!
Chen and Mann named distinguished professor in EMS
Faculty members Long-Qing Chen and Michael E. Mann have been conferred the status of distinguished professorship in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS).
Climate scientist backs bill to curb emissions
Michael E. Mann, a prominent climatologist at Penn State, has thrown his support behind an effort to get Pennsylvania to do more to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions.
Graduate student Dan Tomaso is recognized at Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit
CONGRATULATIONS on being the winner of the Best Student Talk Award
Winter storm hits plains; Kansas struck by 'Thundersnow'
Thundersnow came as a surprise to Kansans. Meteorologist Lee Grenci says most people think thundersnow is rare.
Penn State meteorology researchers work with NASA to measure air pollution
Meteorology student, Nick Rufo, and Penn State Brandywine professor solve astronomical mystery
Rufo, who spent his first two years at the Brandywine campus and is now a meteorology major in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at University Park, worked closely with Lawlor to analyze data about Caffau’s Star. He was able to complete calculations using a computer code and produced all of the models that were compared to Caffau’s Star in the research process.
Recent temperature extremes at high northern latitudes unprecedented in the past 600 years
Recently observed extreme temperatures at high northern latitudes are rare by definition, making the longer time span afforded by climate proxies important for assessing how the frequency of such extremes may be changing.
EBF/Meteorology Senior Patrick Ritsko Places Second in AMS Student Poster Competition
Patrick Ritsko's poster is awarded second place out of more than 160 student entries
Michael Mann weighs in on the Climate Change debate
Michael Mann interviewed by's Evan Myers
Researchers Jose Fuentes and Michael Mann to investigate Everglades ecosystem, climate change
Water management in the Florida Everglades is the focus of a National Science Foundation grant awarded to Jose Fuentes, professor of meteorology.
Kara Sulia selected as recipient of prestigious Alumni Association Dissertation Award
Kara Sulia has been chosen to receive an Alumni Association Dissertation Award for 2012-13.
Brunes commit $50K to Penn State Meteorology
University Park, Pa. -- William Brune, distinguished professor of meteorology and his wife, Mary Jane, recently committed $50,000 to establish the Brune Fund for Weather and Climate Risk Forecasting and Communication
Ozone depletion trumps greenhouse gas increase in jet-stream shift
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Depletion of Antarctic ozone is a more important factor than increasing greenhouse gases in shifting the Southern Hemisphere jet stream in a southward direction, according to researchers at Penn State.
Penn State announces spring 2013 commencement speakers and events
Sunny forecast: Meteorology scholar, Hailey Mitchell, predicts bright future
And while her study abroad experiences have taken her around the globe, from Switzerland to South Africa, jet-setting isn't Hailey's favorite memory from her time at Penn State. "The memories that I have at 2 a.m. in the weather station, joking around with my colleagues – those have been the best times," Hailey said.
Online Meteorology graduate Philip Lutzak published in Weather and Forecasting
"A Proposal for Analyzing and Forecasting Lower-Atmospheric Undular Bores in the Western Gulf of Mexico Region"
Meteorology alumni launch new company, Commodity Weather Group, LLC
Weather, climate changes multiply mental health concerns
Global climate change has been a hot topic for debate for decades; however, new studies bring another perspective to the table concluding that global climate change has increased severe weather incidents and as a result have had a negative effect on mental health.
2014 AMS Opportunities - fellowships, scholarships, and travel funds.
"The AMS is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the 2014 AMS fellowship and scholarship programs and the 94th AMS Annual Meeting travel opportunities."
Sophomore's field research looks at environmental change
Alumnus Daniel Keyser receives AMS Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award
Professor Daniel Keyser ('75, '77, '81 Penn State Meteorology) is the 2014 recipient of the Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award from the American Meteorological Society
Evans named acting director of Institutes of Energy and the Environment
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Jenni L. Evans, professor of meteorology, has been named acting director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE) by Neil Sharkey, interim vice president for research. The appointment is effective July 1.
Climate Change Is A Growing National Security Concern, Say Retired Military Leaders
A report released Tuesday from an advisory group of retired U.S. military leadership echoes the findings of other recent reports on climate change: It is real, it is already happening and it poses major threats to the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Winter Wonderland: Snowflakes Are Predictably Diverse, But Not Unique
For centuries we have marveled at the diversity of snowflakes and told our children that each snowflake is unique (just like our little darlings!)
There’s global warming - and it’s snowing
Chris Hayes talks to his panel about global warming deniers and the season we call “winter.”
Possible Flight 370 ‘debris field’ spotted
A new lead could cause a breakthrough in the search for Flight 370, with satellites spotting a possible “debris field” in the ocean. NBC’s Tom Costello, retired Navy Rear Admiral David Titley discuss. Then, Aviation Attorney Michael Pangia talks about the first lawsuit filed against Malaysia Airlines.
Combining IT and science to monitor the weather
Chuck Pavloski discusses the IT and science behind meteorology at Penn State.
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships (STEM)
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, now offered in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and New Jersey, seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) backgrounds into teaching in high–need secondary schools.
Scientists Predict Increased Rain, Floods for Northeast
Residents of New England and the Mid-Atlantic states will experience increased rainfall and floods if data analysis by a Penn State meteorologist and long-term projections by a fisheries biologist, with a specialty in surface water pollution, are accurate.
Mann receives Conservation Achievement Award
Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and director of Penn State's Earth System Science Center, will receive the National Wildlife Federation's National Conservation Achievement Award for Science on Sept. 25.
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