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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 14:21   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 13:40   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 13:44   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 13:09   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 16:31   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 20:33   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

Bill Hooke: “War” is in the air. WWCPD?

There’s war in the air these days. The U.S. and Korea are at loggerheads. With great fanfare, Putin brags that Russia is developing nuclear arms able to avoid missile defenses. China is rapidly building and deploying its military, projecting power …

2018-03-08 17:43   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: more on …the AMS journal Weather, Climate, and Society

  Yesterday’s LOTRW post spoke to ten years of steady growth at the AMS journal Weather, Climate, and Society. But what matters most is not the age or the size… it’s the quality and breadth of the content. A sampling …

2018-02-23 17:49   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Weather, Climate and Society reaches ten years.

This morning I came to work ready to tackle a workshop report and a research proposal that urgently need attention, but the mail in my chair decided me on a brief delay. That’s because the stack included the latest print …

2018-02-22 15:27   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria recovery: addenda

  Hasn’t been 24 hours since the previous LOTRW post updating the progress of the 2017 hurricane season recovery efforts, but two news items in today’s print media caught my eye. From the Washington Post comes this news: an argument …

2018-02-21 16:49   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria recovery: miscellaneous updates.

Five months after the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, recovery remains an elusive goal for many who found themselves in harm’s way. Contributing to the problem was a long delay in Congressional passage of desperately needed appropriations (recall that damage …

2018-02-20 22:33   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The FY 2019 budget.

“The President proposes, the Congress disposes.” – old Washington, DC adage Historically, U.S. presidents haven’t always submitted budgets to the Congress. In fact, prior to 1921, formulation of the budget was a jealously guarded Congressional prerogative. But as government grew, …

2018-02-14 20:40   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Scientists and Olympians, under stress, could do with more of the spirit of Zanshin, or… maybe something else.

“Man is not troubled by events but rather how he interprets them.” – Epictetus Surf the web a bit (does anyone use that expression any more?) and you’ll quickly conclude that today’s scientists are stressed. Non-scientists might think Of course! Who …

2018-02-13 17:54   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: The future of meteorology… will be shaped by major social drivers.

What is the future of meteorology? Meteorologists know their discipline and its advance will help shape society and the future, much as Lorenz’s butterfly, going about its business, mindlessly impacts the weather and even climate downstream. But in the interim, …

2018-02-06 19:27   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: America’s $100 Trillion “Capture-Management” challenge.

“America is open for business.” – President Donald Trump. News reports have it that the president’s recent trip to Davos and speech exceeded expectations. From his speech: “I’m here to deliver a simple message: There has never been a better …

2018-01-30 03:58   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Want to be an effective voice for science?

Watch and learn. “It’s startling to know there are individuals on the brink of adulthood who have spent their entire lives in a climate that, largely due to human activity, is vastly different from the one their parents experienced growing …

2018-01-19 23:21   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Novim’s latest study: Warning Signs: Effects of Proposed Federal Funding Cuts to Environmental and Climate Research and Development Programs.

“The boundary between science and policy is only one of several boundaries that hinder the linking of scientific and technical information to decision making. Managing boundaries between disciplines, across scales of geography and jurisdiction, and between different forms of knowledge …

2018-01-16 20:39   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Reflections on Martin Luther King Day.

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” …

2018-01-15 15:28   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space

“This beast is best felt. Shake, rattle, and roll. We are thrown left and right against our straps in spasmodic little jerks. It is steering like crazy, like a nervous lady driving a wide car down a narrow alley, and …

2018-01-07 13:35   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: More good news to start 2018: 2017 was the safest year on record for air travel.

Continuing the good-news theme of recent LOTRW posts, the flight safety story lit up yesterday’s internet. This report, from Fortune’s website, gives the flavor:  Airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets last year, according to a Dutch consulting …

2018-01-03 15:26   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Some “good news” from the AMS – on diversity and inclusion – to start off 2018.

If the world could stand a bit less in the way of scolding, per the topic of recent LOTRW posts, then it won’t do to leave a vacuum. What’s needed is a spotlight shining on the positive out there. In …

2018-01-02 16:45   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: At the risk of being the scold…

As a rule, with each LOTRW entry, I try to post a notice on Facebook, and tweet as well. This started as an effort to stay in touch with early-career colleagues using their social networks (of course many have long …

2017-12-31 00:59   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: What meteorologists might stand to learn from Taylor Swift.

This morning’s Washington Post ran an article on Taylor Swift and her 2017. Some excerpts. Two weeks ago, on her 28th birthday, Taylor Swift posted a picture to Instagram that her guitarist took during a recent show at an arena …

2017-12-29 23:43   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: U.S. social fabric – torn, frayed, unraveled by 2017’s hurricanes. But how badly?

Social fabric? Quite a bit of texture in what people mean by the term: social fabric: The composite demographics of a defined area, which consists of its ethnic composition, wealth, education level, employment rate and regional values. – businessdictionary.com social …

2017-12-27 11:29   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Remedial Reading: an August 2017 Pew Charitable Trust report on the flooding threat to U.S. Public Schools

In mid-November, the AMS and its Policy Program ran a two-day workshop on the 2017 hurricane season and its implications for U.S. hazards policy. One of the collateral benefits of any such undertaking is that participants share prior work and …

2017-12-22 16:39   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Meteorologists – forecast your own future!

“Like some inferior doctor who’s become ill/You’re in despair and are unable to discover/By what medicine you yourself can be cured.” – Aeschylus[1], Prometheus Bound (5th century B.C.) Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: …

2017-11-27 02:22   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Thanksgiving Reflections 2017. Part 4.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; …

2017-11-23 12:28   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Thanksgiving Reflections 2017. Part 3.

Colleagues. At Thanksgiving, you and I can and should be grateful for our colleagues, writ large – everyone with whom we work. What follows is mostly personal, but the larger takeaway message, up-front, is simply this. Thanksgiving and its brief …

2017-11-21 16:29   Click to comment

Bill Hooke: Thanksgiving Reflections 2017. Part 2.

Another story excerpted from the book, Living on the Real World (this from Chapter 3) to start us off… “At the start of 1986 I was running a 200-person, 20-million-dollar-a-year National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. Our …

2017-11-19 18:00   Click to comment


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