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Washington Post upgrades Web weather

By Jack Williams ©2015

The Washington Post is jumping headfirst into using weather to attract readers; something television stations have been doing since the 1960s but that newspapers have mostly ignored. In his Dec. 10 Sunday column Andrew Alexander, the Post's Ombudsman,  said: "Many readers have called or e-mailed asking what's behind the expanded . The answer: opportunity, and a fierce battle for the... »

Snowy science lessons

By Jack Williams ©2015

From the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 5 through the afternoon of Tuesday Feb. 9, I spent roughly eight hours shoveling snow, thanks to the record-breaking "Snowmageddon" that brought two to three feet--in some cases even more--of snow to the Washington, D.C. area. Shoveling snow is a good time to think about the science of winter storms, ice, and even some basic... »

Journalists and Climate Science

By Jack Williams ©2015

The political, diplomatic, and military consequences of climate change can be a minefield for journalists. Lately most such coverage has been about the cap and trade legislation making its way through the U.S. Congress. More complex topics... »

Ask Jack: Weather Textbook

By Jack Williams ©2015

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... »

Climate Change Exhibit Gets It (Mostly) Right

By Jack Williams ©2015

NEW YORK CITY—The American Museum of Natural History at Central Park West and 79th Street is always worth a visit when you’re in New York City. If you are curious about all of the talk about climate change, the museum is especially worth visiting to see “Climate Change: The Threat to Life and a New Energy Future” exhibit. The exhibit will... »