I am a scientist and professor that matriculates in many circles. Though I am a tenured professor at a major university, I often feel like I am having as much impact outside the ivory tower as I do within it. I am also a scientist that embraces social media. I know, I know.
This week was truly one of "fire and ice." The nation continued to watch the tragedy of the California wildfires. CNN is now reporting a statewide death toll of 74 people and over 1000 people missing from the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire, respectively.
It was only a two days ago that I wrote a piece in Forbes highlighting the potential threat of a named tropical system forming in the Atlantic and moving into Bahamas. At that time, the models and the National Hurricane Center were bullish on development.
I have watched the narrative play out with the "migrant caravan" over the past few weeks.
It is the time of year when those of us in the United States are honoring our veterans or thinking about Thanksgiving turkey. However, an Atlantic hurricane season that has already given us Florence and Michael is not ready to exit stage left.
I have watched the narrative play out with the "migrant caravan" over the past few weeks. On one hand, political manipulators have tried to make them out to be a dangerous group of bandits.
The wildfires in California have been utterly remarkable and equally destructive. Cal Fire reported on November 9th that the Camp Fire had surpassed 90,000 acres but was only 5 percent contained. At the time of writing, nine people were confirmed dead in the Northern California fire.
I often refer to geosynchronous weather satellites as the "lead singers" of the weather satellite rock band. They get much of the attention and produce stunning views of hurricanes, tornadic storms, and other real-time weather events.
There is always something special and important about elections. They affirm a basic right that we have as citizens of the United States. On November 6th, the United States midterm elections will take place.
Weather is a part of our day. We are aware of it. We plan for it. We are affected by it. Many people take weather information for granted. Its on our phones, television screens, Internet pages, or radios.