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Weather and science of auto racing

By Jack Williams ©2015

Although I've focused on writing about meteorology and other atmospheric sciences since 1982, I've never passed up a chance to write about auto racing. An April 3, 2010 story on the BBC Web site from the Malaysian Formula One race, "McLaren & Ferrari rue rain errors," gives me an opportunity to get into how not only meteorology but other... »

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... »

Answers: Inside Weather Fronts

By Jack Williams ©2015

Q: In the November issue of AOPA Flight Training, you discuss extratropical cyclones, including the movement of cold air under warm air and vice versa. If I understand this correctly, the fronts themselves do not discriminate between the cold or warm air ahead of them.  How  do you explain movement under (cold into warm) or movement over (warm into cold)? Kevin,... »

Answers: Extratropical Cyclone Winds

By Jack Williams ©2015

Q: My question is about your article in the November  AOPA Flight Training magazine on tropical cyclones.  I'm trying to reconcile two potentially different ideas: first, that a cyclone has swirling air (which I assume to mean the the air masses are rotating around the Low), and second, that the warm front and cold front are generally in the same... »

Williams promotes book in the Midwest

By Jack Williams ©2015

CHICAGO -- Two Chicago television stations interviewed Jack Williams on July 28 about The AMS Weather Book. First, Tom Skilling interviewed Jack on his WGN TV  Midday News weather  show.  In his promo for the interview, Skilling said: "A... »

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... »

Weather Links: Hurricanes

By Jack Williams ©2015

If  you live along the U.S. Gulf or Atlantic coasts, or just want to keep up with hurricanes or other kinds of tropical cyclones elsewhere in the world, the links below will take you directly to information you need or want. Atlantic Basin Forecasts and Outlooks To learn whether a tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane has formed over the Atlantic, Caribbean... »