Thu, 10/18/2018 - 8:56am

Sam Tingle ’19 will graduate from UGA with two undergraduate degrees and a master’s degree in geography. When he arrived at UGA in 2014, though, his path lay uncharted.

“I had no idea what I wanted to do,” said Sam. “I tried different classes, considered a bunch of different clubs, and met with professors. I’m not sure I could have gotten the academic freedom at another school to test, discover and analyze my options for what I wanted…

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 1:28pm

If you’ve seen, heard or read news about climate change and extreme weather, plastic waste in oceans, or the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you probably know these names: Marshall Shepherd (above left), Samantha Joye (center) and Jenna Jambeck.

They’re some of UGA’s best-known experts in their respective fields, and they’ve been quoted by media outlets all over the world. They give interviews from work, from home and when traveling. They…

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 4:36pm

You absolutely read the title correctly, and it is very similar to one that I wrote about Hurricane Ophelia in 2017. Hurricane Leslie is currently headed toward Africa and Europe. The "toward" is the "weather weird" part of the statement because typically tropical systems have their origins in easterly waves that move "away" from the African continent.  Leslie is a long-lasting storm that has drunkenly meandered around the Atlantic Ocean…

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 1:20pm

From Florida to Virginia, states are recovering from multiple punches thrown at them by Hurricane Michael. Meteorologically, Michael had the third-lowest pressure reading of any storm to strike the United States mainland. At 919 millibars, it ranks behind an unnamed Labor Day hurricane (1935) and Hurricane Camille (1969). The jaw-dropping images coming from Mexico Beach, Florida and Panama City Beach, Florida are indicative of what…

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 2:00pm

Oct 11, 2018 • The world over, a tiny organism is causing a big problem. Cyanobacteria, unicellular algae that live mostly in fresh water, are growing in abundance. When this booming growth occurs, the resulting algal blooms can be a nuisance to people, plants and animals, or worse—toxic. Satellites, including Landsat, are being harnessed to track these harmful algal blooms because water managers across the globe need to know…

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 11:01am

The images coming out of the panhandle of Florida are exactly what you would expect from a category 4 storm making landfall with 150+ mph winds. Even Georgia, my home state, experienced major (category 3+) hurricane damage for the first time in over a century.

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 9:27am

My 25 years of experience as a research meteorologist placed an uncomfortable feeling in my stomach as I monitored Hurricane Michael before going to bed. The hurricane rapidly intensified to a dangerous Category 4 storm. It is tracking toward the Florida Panhandle with plenty of warm water in its path before a Wednesday afternoon landfall. The National Weather Service (…

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 11:33am

There is a very famous saying that atmospheric scientists like myself learned along the way in our undergraduate or graduate studies. It goes,

Big whorls have little whorls, That feed on their velocity; And little whorls have lesser whorls, And so on to viscosity.
In modern translation, "whorls" is often replaced with "whirls." The saying is attributed to…

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 11:20am

Updated Sunday 1:14 pm

The tropics remain active, and the Gulf Coast of the United States now faces a hurricane threat this week. The models started hinting at potential development last week.

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 11:10am

Hurricane Hermine made landfall in the Big Bend area of Florida in 2016. It came ashore with maximum sustained winds around 80 mph with a central pressure of 982 mph (Category 1). As I write this, the same region is staring at the very real possibility of a strong category two or major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) making landfall in the Wednesday-Thursday time frame this week.