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Bill Hooke: Public-private partnerships and innovation.

Two weeks ago, Andy Miller of our group here in the AMS Policy Program DC office suggested we should all give a listen to Freakonomics radio episode #348, dated 9/6/18. What great advice! So, paying it forward. We all should want to …

2018-09-19 17:24   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Reflections on Hurricane Florence…human nature…and the Ulysses pact.

Is it just me? Or are hurricane forecasts and the resulting media coverage of hurricanes improving? Some subjective impressions: Forecasts, and forecasters and broadcasters, are providing more advance notice – Florence has been on the public radar screen a long …

2018-09-18 15:16   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Partisan (?) science continued.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the …

2018-09-13 13:19   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: New from Impact-based Decision Support (IDSS): The “food desert” is also hot.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; …

2018-09-04 13:31   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Meteorologists celebrate Labor Day – and serve the world.

“Without labor, nothing prospers.”– Sophocles “Nothing will work unless you do.”– Maya Angelou A day off is a good thing. With ten such holidays here in the United States we might envy nations who offer more. Cambodia leads the world …

2018-09-03 11:44   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: To protect ecosystem services, front-load investment in environmental intelligence.

Meteorologists aren’t alone in making forecasts. Ecologists make them too. One such recent forecast suggests that without major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, terrestrial ecosystems worldwide are at risk of major transformation, with accompanying disruption of ecosystem services …

2018-09-01 12:47   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The Impact-based Decision Support System (IDSS) that will someday matter most? It may be ecological.

Many LOTRW readers are familiar with IDSS; others may not be. Here’s some background from the NWS website: Timely and relevant forecasts, watches and warnings are major strengths of the National Weather Service. The agency’s ability to respond quickly to natural …

2018-08-31 17:50   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The American Soul (and yours and mine): Closer to King-of-the-Hill? Or the Herndon Climb? And where do meteorologists fit in?

Okay, okay. So it’s a long title. Today’s LOTRW post is the product of insomnia (writing started around 2 am). A lot of Americans are tossing and turning instead of sleeping well these days. This week’s death of Senator-and-American-naval-hero John McCain …

2018-08-29 08:42   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Meteorology and the resilience movement

In the LOTRW fine print you can find an invitation to submit guest posts. Over the eight years only a handful of folks have taken me up on this offer – but the results have been satisfying. For example, the Harold …

2018-08-28 11:18   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Could “science” have morphed into a word that divides us?

The previous LOTRW post dealt with the struggles of scientists – of every stripe – to go beyond the boundaries of their discipline and apply their science to societal benefit. Wherever we turn, we see societal needs. We know our …

2018-08-23 13:04   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The struggle to realize societal benefit from S&T.

“The American Meteorological Society advances the atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society.” – the AMS Mission (emphasis added) At one time or another, just about every member of the American Meteorological Society comes across …

2018-08-18 13:08   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: No science, no sustainability… the implications.

If vigorous advance of science and technology is a necessary condition for sustainability, then getting the social contract between science and society right is vital to humanity’s prospects. What features of that social contract matter? Today’s post considers one that’s …

2018-08-16 16:25   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: No science, no sustainability.

On August 26, 1999 – almost two decades ago – Allan Bromley, science advisor to George H.W. Bush from 1989-1993, contributed an op-ed to the Washington Post, entitled No Science, no Surplus. His basic point? That America’s healthy finances and …

2018-08-09 04:08   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: You’ve got Mail!

Time was, e-mail was rare, and all e-mail was exciting. Today’s title phrase channels that 1990’s buzz. Baby boomers and perhaps a few Millennials recall dial-up (!!!) e-mail and AOL (the two were practically synonymous then) and this iconic AOL …

2018-08-06 16:17   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Confirmation hearings – then and now.

It’s the year 2018. The president has nominated you to serve as his science adviser. You’re seated before a committee of Senators. They’ll make an initial call on whether or not you should be confirmed. One asks, then another (with …

2018-08-03 13:45   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The president names a science adviser.

Tuesday I was composing a post for LOTRW. It began in this vein… This past week saw the Washington Post run yet another story on the lack of a presidential science advisor in the current administration. The story’s author, Ben …

2018-08-02 17:02   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Twenty Questions: hazards-style.

“A river is made drop by drop.” – Afghan proverb. Last week, the 43rd Annual Natural Hazards Workshop ran July 8-11 in Broomfield, Colorado. Several features make the occasion unique. For example, though the meeting is largely invitational, every year …

2018-07-17 14:39   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Doug Lilly, 1929-2018

Last night’s inbox contained the kind of e-mail string none of us wants to see, but the sort that nevertheless insists on showing up all too frequently: Dear AMS Council Members  –  We lost an AMS Honorary Member yesterday;  see …

2018-06-26 14:16   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The future is in good hands: Chapter 18.

(Older guy’s annual question) What’s the favorite hobby of people my age? (early-career group’s annual answer) Travel? Golf?… Reading?… Bridge?… (old guy shakes his head, prompting increasingly sarcastic guesses) Bingo?… Naps? (Older guy) No… the favorite hobby of people my …

2018-06-25 01:18   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Tragedy on Main Street: six U.S. tales of repetitive loss.

Tragedy 1.a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster:stunned by the tragedy of so many deaths. 2.a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically involving a great person destined to experience downfall …

2018-06-03 19:32   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: What kind of world do we want?

“A world that understands and trusts the role of the geosciences in fostering creative solutions for the Earth and humanity.” American Geosciences Institute vision statement What kind of world do we want[1]? The folks at the American Geosciences Institute (above, …

2018-05-25 14:23   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: AGI and geo(sciences)-diversity.

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than smart. This week, happenstance more than logic saw me going to Salt Lake City, in order to attend a one-day American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Member Society Council Meeting. AGI, like AIP, is a …

2018-05-23 18:46   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Weather’s 101st moment.

We each have our moments. As it is with humanity, the same holds true for the weather. This week, weather celebrates its 101st moment – the release of Andy Revkin and Lisa Mechaley’s collaboration, Weather, an Illustrated History: From Cloud …

2018-05-01 13:21   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: ECLA!

AMS Early Career Leadership Academy (ECLA) holds two days of face-to-face sessions this week. From the looks of the final agenda, the event promises to be life-changing for the participants. Kudos to the sponsors and program organizers… you’ve set something …

2018-04-24 12:40   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The 2018 March for… and the Sustainability of … Science.

Scientists are appropriately focused on the sustainability of science: will it continue to prove useful and beneficial to society? Will society continue to support science? Which brings us to the March for Science. On April 14, if history runs true …

2018-04-08 12:44   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Meteorology: Where do we go from here?

“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve …

2018-04-04 12:09   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Congress appropriates science funding for FY 2018.

___________________________________________________________ [Jesus asked] “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’  “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his …

2018-03-29 15:31   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: AMS Workshop on Forecasts and Water Resource Management.

This coming Tuesday-Wednesday, April 3-4, the American Meteorological Society is holding a workshop here in Washington, DC on Translating Advances in Forecasting to Inform Water Resources Management. You don’t want to miss it. You do want to register. Here’s why. …

2018-03-27 19:33   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: When your autonomous vehicle goes autocratic.

The March3-9 print edition of The Economist had a great special report on autonomous vehicles. Actually “great” as a modifier to Economist special article is redundant; all their reports are worth the read and this one was no exception. Tom …

2018-03-14 16:09   Click to comment


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