It Was Weather Balloon Georgia Not A Bomb - 5 Questions Answered About Them

Marshall Shepherd, Contributor, May 18, 2018

The city of Atlanta was temporarily on alert this week when a suspicious package was found near the Capitol building in Georgia's largest city. The headlines on Thursday May 17th were talking about a "suspicious package." It turned out to be a weather balloon launched but the National Weather Services in Peachtree City, Georgia earlier that morning. While it may look a bit strange to the average person, they are harmless. Here are five questions answered about weather balloons.

The Bizarre Convergence Of Atmospheric Science And Society In The Oakland BBQ Fiasco

Marshall Shepherd, Contributor, May 16, 2018

If you have been paying attention over the past few weeks, some U.S. citizens had encounters with authorities for doing routine things like waiting on a business meeting in a coffee house, buying candy, renting a housing property, joining a college tour, and performing community service by cleaning a public roadway.

Hurricane Season Starts June 1 - But Something May Be Brewing In The Gulf Now

By Marshall Shepherd, Contributor, May 14, 2018

Meteorologists like me are watching a rain-producing low pressure system as the new week begins. A low-pressure system has caught the eye of the National Hurricane Center. The system is also producing much-needed rainfall, and unfortunately some tornadic activity over parts of Florida. Will this system be the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season?

Subtropical Cyclones Don't Form Near Chile - One Just Did And Why That's Weird

I am often amazed at the Earth. It is such an amazing planet. All aspects of weather fascinate me, and my sheer awe of it defined my career pathway early on. When I see something extraordinary, it captures my attention even more. Meteorologists and weather enthusiasts marveled at something quite amazing this week. A tropical cyclone-like feature formed off the coast of Chile. Yep, that one in South America. Technically, it is what we call a subtropical cyclone. What does that mean and just how rare is this?

It's A Common Myth That Tornadoes Avoid Cities - But It's Not True

By Marshall Shepherd, Contributor, April 17, 2018

As a former NASA scientist and current professor at a major university, one of my primary research areas has been how urban environments interact with weather and climate processes. One of the things that I have feared throughout my career is the prospect of tornadoes ravaging densely populated cities.