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The AMS is a global community committed to advancing weather, water, and climate science and service.

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What We Do

Science

We advance understanding through high-impact, peer-reviewed scientific publications—including the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS).

Community

We bring together atmospheric scientists, professionals, students, authors, educators, researchers, and weather enthusiasts from around the world to share and collaborate.

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We offer certification programs, online learning, and other professional development opportunities so that our members can learn, grow, and succeed.

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We help educators and policy-makers bring the very latest weather, water, and climate science to bear on our nation’s future… and the world’s.

Brad Colman
AMS President

The AMS has had a lasting impact on me and my career; I am both thankful and humbled to have this opportunity to serve as its president. Over the more than 40 years that I have been a member, the scientific innovations and advances in weather and climate services have been nothing short of remarkable. The benefits to society are indisputable. The mission of the AMS is to promote and support this success and it does so through its excellent staff, leadership, and volunteers. As the vulnerabilities of the world are increasingly tested by extreme weather events, I am particularly thankful for the AMS community and proud of the tremendous value it brings to the nation and beyond.

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Glossary Term of the Week

Sun Pillar

A halo in the form of a pillar of light extending above or below the sun and usually seen when the sun is low in the sky.

It is explained by reflection by the sides of columnar ice crystals falling with their long axes horizontal. The term light pillar is sometimes used when the source of light is artificial.

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