Communicating Winter Weather Uncertainty

Dr. Shepherd, former president of the American Meteorological Society, tweeted this as a catastrophic winter storm, slated to impact most of the Gulf and East coasts, began coming together in the forecast: In waiting room of car place listening to 3 ladies speak on #weather. I am silent but boy it illustrates challenge w/public understanding…

Science Haikus (Scikus)

Too many ideas Floating around in my head I’ll haiku them all Flooding closes schools Way too much rain for the roads Culpeper County Weather is severe Maryland had damage surveys Five tornadoes here? Such fearmongering The media: “Derecho” We shall wait and see A moderate risk Centered on Indiana Prepare for the wind My…

STORM:CON, Naming Winter Storms, and Other Media Hype

A few months ago, The Weather Channel announced it would begin naming winter storms. ┬áToday, it released a new winter storm severity index named STORM:CON. ┬áThe idea is similar to its summer TOR:CON, identifying tornado potential risk, although the latter is little more than an interpretation of the Storm Prediction Center’s severe weather outlook. The…