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24 December 2021
Even without a White Christmas….Snow Measurements Must Go On
The Pacific Northwest still is one of the few shining spots on the snow map for this holiday, but if Seattle is waiting with bated breath (and outstretched tongue)  for a big, beautiful White Christmas, Cliff Mass throws a bucket of cold (flakes?) on hopes for deep cover. He explains how numerical prediction models can […]
28 July 2021
Derecho Possible in the Upper Midwest Today
Severe thunderstorms are expected to erupt late this afternoon in the upper Midwest and, according to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), they could organize into a single, large bowing line capable of widespread damaging winds called a derecho tonight. Last summer a very destructive derecho blitzed Iowa with wind gusts over 100 mph. SPC’s Day 1 […]
17 March 2021
Southeasterners Perceive Tornado Risk Dangerously Different Than They Should, Especially at Night
While a major winter storm last month was plastering the United States from Texas and New Mexico to New England with heavy snow and ice, volatile conditions in the Southeast (SE) spawned damaging and deadly tornadoes. One of these overnight Monday, February 16, tragically took the lives of 3 people and injured 10 in coastal […]
13 January 2021
The 101st AMS Annual Meeting: Find Your (Virtual) Pathways of Major Themes
We’re on the verge of the first ever all-virtual AMS Annual Meeting—yet another milestone in a time of milestones, but nonetheless our 101st Annual Meeting. And like all of the mega-gatherings AMS has held for the weather, water, and climate community in the past, this coming week (starting Sunday, January 10th), promises many opportunities to […]
10 January 2021
AMS Annual Meeting: Choose Your Own (Virtual) Pathway. Part 5: Community Engagement
As we mentioned in the first post in this series of potential “Virtual” Pathways through the rich AMS Annual Meeting program of parallel conferences, this year’s overarching theme is especially powerful: “Strengthening engagement with communities through our science and services.”  This is a statement of needs, accomplishments, and future priorities all in one. After the […]

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Weather Analysis and Forecasting

Adopted by the AMS Council on 20 December 2021

Extreme Cold Temperature Outbreaks: A Call to Action for Better Preparation

Adopted by the AMS Council on 20 December 2021

Software Preservation, Stewardship, and Reuse

Adopted by the AMS Council on 16 July 2021

15 December 2021
Annual Climate Attribution Research Examines 2020 Extreme Weather Events

Failed monsoon rains that reignited the southwestern US drought, massive flooding in central China, a spring heat wave in western Europe, and Siberian wildfires were some of the extreme weather events made more likely by human-caused climate change in 2020, according to new research published today in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS).

9 December 2021
New AMS Executive Director Named

I am happy to announce that the AMS Council has appointed Dr. Stella Kafka as the next AMS Executive Director. Stella comes to AMS from the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), a nonprofit worldwide scientific and educational organization of amateur and professional astronomers, where she is currently Executive Director.

14 September 2021
AMS Education Program Creating New Teacher Professional Development Course, Project Ice
The American Meteorological Society announces a new partnership with the Center for Oldest Ice Exploration (COLDEX), a National Science Foundation-funded effort lead by Oregon State University, to discover Antarctica's oldest ice and through it, learn more about how the Earth's climate has changed throughout its history.
25 August 2021
International Report Confirms Record-High Greenhouse Gases, Sea Levels

Greenhouse gases and global sea levels both reached record highs in 2020—as the planet sweltered in a near-record warm year—according to the 31st annual State of the Climate report.

26 January 2021
New Research Examines Climate Change's Role in 2019 Extreme Weather Events

Precipitation from Hurricane Dorian, South Africa’s extraordinary four-year drought, fires in Alaska and China, and devastating floods in southern Canada were some of the extreme weather events made more likely by human-caused climate change in 2019, according to new research published today in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS).

9 December 2019
New Research Examines Climate Change's Role in 2018 Extreme Weather Events

AMS released the eighth edition of the report, Explaining Extreme Events in 2018 from a Climate Perspective, featuring the research of 121 scientists from 13 countries looking at both historical observations and model simulations to determine whether and by how much climate change may have influenced particular extreme events.

12 August 2019
Annual State of the Climate Report Released Showing Effects of Planet's Warming Across Multitudes of Key Indicators

A new State of the Climate report released today by AMS confirms that 2018 was one of the hottest years on record.

31 January 2019
AMS ANNOUNCES NEW PUBLICATIONS COMMISSIONER

AMS announces that Professor Anthony J. Broccoli of Rutgers University has been appointed Publications Commissioner, effective January 6, 2019.

10 December 2018
HEATWAVES, DROUGHTS AND FLOODS AMONG RECENT WEATHER EXTREMES LINKED TO CLIMATE CHANGE

New Studies Reveal Clear Ties between Today's Extremes and Human Causes

1 May 2018
AMS ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF EDITOR FOR GLOSSARY OF METEOROLOGY

AMS announced that Dr. Ward R. Seguin has been appointed chief editor of the Glossary of Meteorology, effective January 1, 2018.