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Bill Hooke: Think like a leader. You can’t start too soon.

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”– Peter Drucker Have the feeling you’ve seen this quote before? Since you’re reading this post, chances are good you have; for example, you’ll find it in the February 14 2019 LOTRW …

2019-02-20 21:26   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The AMS: a single “point of light?” Or some (much) larger number?

Just what is the American Meteorological Society? Ask this of most of our 13,000 members, and chances are good that you’ll hear one of two pat answers: “it’s a science society,”or “a professional society.” The former might usually be the reply you’ll get …

2019-02-20 19:14   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The George Herbert Walker Bush remembrances – Redux.

“We can find meaning and reward by serving some higher purpose than ourselves, a shining purpose, the illumination of a Thousand Points of Light…We all have something to give.”– President George H. W. Bush It’s the Presidents Day weekend. Let’s …

2019-02-16 13:52   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Lucy promises to hold the climate-change football.

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, refuses to go away.” – Philip K. Dick “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker The Green New Deal: is it a Big …

2019-02-14 18:40   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The State of the Union(‘s) Science.

In 2019, every week brings not just its own politics but also a corresponding civics lesson. For example, in the run-up to last Tuesday’s presidential address to Congress, we weren’t just reminded that Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of …

2019-02-11 20:47   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The heroism of federal work.

Synonyms:bravery, braveness, courage, courageousness, valor, valiance, intrepidity, intrepidness, boldness, daring, audacity, audaciousness, fearlessness, doughtiness, dauntlessness, pluck, indomitability, stout-heartedness, lionheartedness; backbone, spine, spirit, fortitude, mettle, gallantry, chivalry. Look up “heroism” online or in a dictionary. Chances are you’ll be surprised. You’ll …

2019-01-25 14:00   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The oath.

“I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this …

2019-01-23 17:49   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Martin Luther King Day 2019

As human beings, to varying degrees, we share a common impairment: we constantly struggle to hold a thought. That attention deficit disorder is hardwired in our DNA; it confers a certain survival value to all creatures living on a constantly-changing …

2019-01-21 13:31   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Political leaders, “the vision thing,” the federal shutdown, and the national interest.

“Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.” – Robert Kennedy Presidents and other leaders are often encouraged to “be visionary.” George Herbert Walker Bush found this demand …

2019-01-20 13:59   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Idled: an (imposed) loss of “agency” hurts our nation and the world.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these …

2019-01-04 19:29   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Bush 41 and climate change.

George Herbert Walker Bush. The world has completed a week of mourning and celebration of a life well lived and a presidency well executed, through an extraordinary series of memorial services and observances, and through millions of words of retrospective. …

2018-12-13 20:45   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: George Herbert Walker Bush, 1924-2018.

“I come before you and assume the Presidency at a moment rich with promise. We live in a peaceful, prosperous time, but we can make it better. For a new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems …

2018-12-01 16:45   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Dog whistling… and the latest National Climate Assessment.

Dog-whistle politics is political messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different, or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup. The analogy is to a dog whistle, whose ultrasonic whistling sound is heard …

2018-11-27 14:25   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Real news, uncertainty, and urgency.

Quantification of ocean heat uptake from changes in atmospheric O2 and CO2 composition. The ocean is the main source of thermal inertia in the climate system1. During recent decades, ocean heat uptake has been quantified by using hydrographic temperature measurements …

2018-11-06 20:43   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Think and act like a meteorologist: VOTE.

Back on October 17th, the Washington Post ran an article with this sobering title: Despite rampant voter enthusiasm, the reality: many don’t plan to vote in November. Some excerpts: CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Interest in the midterm elections is at a fever …

2018-11-02 16:03   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Tropical storms pummel, and bring to light, a third-world America.

“Out of sight, out of mind[1].” Most of us of a certain age are familiar with “third world” nomenclature. When coined, in the 1950’s, the term referred to countries unaligned with either the NATO- or Soviet blocs during the Cold …

2018-11-01 14:26   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Real-World management? Governance is the hard part.

Transitioning from happy-go-lucky living on the Real World to managing the planet poses daunting scientific and technical challenges. But these are the least of our problems. My younger (smarter, richer, better-looking, and only) brother noted this in an e-mail: “… …

2018-10-30 13:50   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Horse whisperers…Earth whisperers.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”[1] The 21stcentury – the age we live in – will be remembered by historians as the period the Earth transitioned from a wholly-wild planet to a managed one. This …

2018-10-21 11:12   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: “Human flight” on the 21st-century Real World? 2. Think like the Wright brothers, not like Samuel Langley.

Wilbur and Orville Wright lived at a time in history when inventors of every stripe were feverishly building flying machines. Americans were particularly focused on the efforts of Samuel Langley, then Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. It was widely assumed …

2018-10-18 14:12   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: “Human flight” on the 21st-century Real World? 1. The cockpit dialog.

Seven billion of us are co-piloting a 1.317 × 1025-lb, unpressurized, open-air planet through the hostile environment of space. You might not be impressed with this reality. You might even be tempted to dismiss it as no more than a …

2018-10-17 16:00   Click to comment

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


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