Archive for June, 2009

Ask Jack: Weather Textbook

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Q: Would the AMS Weather Book be a good text book to use for a high school meteorology class? How similar is it to the USA TODAY Weather Book? A: The new book would be a much better text than the old one. To begin with, since I last revised the  the USA TODAY Weather Book in 1997 much has happened that... »

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Summer Begins Sunday! Really?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

With the (Northern Hemisphere) summer solstice coming up Sunday you'll be hearing and reading about June 21 being "the official first day of summer." Balderdash! For years writers and broadcasters have been calling the June solstice "the official beginning of... »

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Antarctic Woman Pioneer Dies

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Edith Maslin Ronne, who was one of the first two women to spend more than part of a day in Antarctica and for whom the Ronne Ice Shelf in Antarctica is named, died on Sunday, June 14, in Bethesda, Md. She was the wife of Finn Ronne, the noted polar explorer... »

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Ask Jack: College Advice

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Q: As a young, soon-to-be meteorologist, I am wondering what would be a good college for me to go to? A: I  hate to try to recommend any particular college because the one that's best for you might be one that I don't know about. If you know what kind of meteorologist you want to be, that will help. For example, if... »

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Ask Jack: Humid Air

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Q: Why is humid air less dense than dry air? Matt, LaGrange, Ga. A: At first it might seem strange that humid air is actually less dense than dry air at the same temperature.  Most of the time we say things... »

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How Weather Might Have Caused Crash

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Most news stories about the June 1 crash of Air France Flight 447 into the Atlantic Ocean mention that it was flying through an area of thunderstorms when it went down, but these stories leave readers hungry for more information. The crash has also left many reporters, producers, and editors hungry for the weather knowledge they can use as they try... »

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Background: Lightning and Airplanes

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Monday's disappearance of an Air France Airbus 330 over the Atlantic Ocean has led to speculation that it was hit by lightning. While it’s possible that lightning could have been involved in the crash, reporters and commentators shouldn’t jump to this conclusion. When... »

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