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

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


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


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


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.

Richard Clark
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For 35 years I’ve been a proud member of the AMS. My life, personal and professional, has been enriched by this community with whom I share my passion, and I relish the endearing friendships that I’ve made with so many of its members. Over the years, I’ve chaperoned several hundreds of undergraduate meteorology students to the Annual Meetings. It is satisfying to know that so many have continued on as active members and leaders, giving to this Society as volunteers and, in return, gaining from the historic legacy that they inherit and promising future that they will help forge

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Glossary Term of the Week


The name given to the foehn in western North America, especially on the plains to the lee or eastern side of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada.

On the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains the chinook generally blows from the west or southwest, although the direction may be modified by topography. Often the chinook begins to blow at the surface as an arctic front retreats to the east, producing dramatic temperature rises. Jumps of 10°–20°C can occur in 15 minutes, and at Havre, Montana, a jump from -12° to +5°C in 3 minutes was recorded.

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