Clear Skies Ahead Podcast

Learn about careers in meteorology and beyond.  Join the American Meteorological Society (AMS) as they talk to experts working in weather, water, and climate sciences.

Description: Clear Skies Ahead: Conversations about Careers in Meteorology and Beyond is a podcast series produced by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Hosted by staff from the AMS Department of Career Development, this podcast series gives listeners the opportunity to step into the shoes of an expert working in weather, water, and climate sciences. Episodes are released bi-weekly.

Trailer: Listen to our trailer here.

Reach out: We welcome your ideas for other atmospheric and related science careers you would like to learn about. Please contact us if you would like to participate in a podcast with us. We are always looking for volunteers!

Episodes

 

Episode 23: Melissa Huffman, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi, Texas

November 24, 2020

We talk to Melissa Huffman, a Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi, Texas about her experience with Hurricane Harvey and partnering with local emergency management, local government officials, broadcast meteorologists, and storm spotters to communicate weather risks.

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Episode 22: Rob Cifelli, Research Scientist and Lead of the Hydrometeorology Modeling and Applications Team at NOAA’s Physical Sciences Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado

November 10, 2020

We talk to Rob Cifelli, Research Scientist and Lead of the Hydrometeorology Modeling and Applications Team at NOAA’s Physical Sciences Laboratory, about the difficulty of long-term planning with a government budget, bipartisan support for a research agenda that involves crucial issues like flooding and drought, and bonding with a diverse array of scientists on field campaigns.

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Episode 21: Karthik Mukkavilli, Machine Learning Project Scientist in the U.S. Department of Energy's Exascale Initiative at the University of California

October 27, 2020

We talk to Karthik Mukkavilli, Machine Learning Project Scientist in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Exascale Initiative, about the next generation of computing, its transformative power, the emerging interdisciplinary space for machine learning and environmental science, and the cutting edge research taking place in industrial and tech labs.

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Episode 20: Azar Abadi, Research Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska’s College of Public Health Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska

October 13, 2020

We talk to Azar Abadi, Research Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska’s College of Public Health Medical Center, about how climate change is affecting people worldwide, the need for climate change expertise in many different sectors, and the challenge of communicating climate risks to rural communities in the United States.

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Episode 19: Ryder Fox, Research Fellow in the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program at the University of Miami and Consultant at Diversity Learning Solutions

September 22, 2020

We talk to Ryder Fox, Research Fellow in the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program at the University of Miami and Consultant at Diversity Learning Solutions, about their nontraditional background, their time-management superpower, the need for diversity, equity, and inclusion advocacy in the sciences, and working for an organization that shares your values. 

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Episode 18: Sheila Steinberg, Professor of Social and Environmental Sciences and Faculty President at Brandman University in Irvine, California

September 8, 2020

We talk to Sheila Steinberg, Professor of Social and Environmental Sciences at Brandman University, about her field work in the Peace Corps, infusing mixed methods research into curriculum, working in an interdisciplinary environment, and the social component of science.

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Episode 17: Brett Edwards, Meteorologist at AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania

August 11, 2020

We talk to Brett Edwards about his work as a Meteorologist at AccuWeather. We discuss the unrivaled importance of networking, the need for coding skills in the industry, his personal forecasting “wins,” avoiding burnout, and the collaborative science behind a forecast.

Note: Brett is now a Meteorologist at Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

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Episode 16: Bernadette Woods Placky, Chief Meteorologist and Climate Matters Program Director at Climate Central in Princeton, New Jersey

July 14, 2020

We talk to Bernadette Woods Placky, Chief Meteorologist and Climate Matters Program Director at Climate Central, about transitioning out of broadcast television, how a minor in French eventually coincided with international work around the Paris Climate Change Agreement, mentors that built her climate IQ, and environmental takeaways from Dr. Seuss.

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Episode 15: Randy Bass, Manager of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Weather Research Branch and AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist

June 9, 2020

We talk to Randy Bass, a Manager of the Federal Aviation Administration's Weather Research Branch and an AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist, about serving as an officer in the Air Force, close calls with tornadoes, transitioning a research capability into operations, and making your next flight as smooth and safe as possible.

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Episode 14: Colleen Iversen, Senior Staff Scientist in the Environmental Sciences Division and in the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

May 12, 2020

We talk to Colleen Iversen, a Senior Staff Scientist in the Environmental Sciences Division and in the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, about communicating science, devoting time to her family, having a natural curiosity for the world, asking new questions, finding answers through teamwork, and shaping a story.

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Episode 13: Tim Heller, Talent Coach and Media Weather Consultant at HellerWeather in Houston, Texas

April 14, 2020

We talk to Tim Heller, a talent coach and media weather consultant at HellerWeather in Houston, Texas, about how broadcast meteorology has evolved during his 35 years in the studio, unusual college classes worth taking, navigating station contracts, and communicating the weather in the digital age.

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COVID-19 Special Episode: Going Remote

April 7, 2020

Our twelfth episode of Clear Skies Ahead, “COVID-19 Special Episode: Going Remote,” features previous guests Elizabeth Austin, Albert Betancourt, Tony Praino, Max Vido, and Jeff Yuhas.

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Episode 11: Max Vido, Meteorologist at ACES Power in Indianapolis, Indiana

March 17, 2020

Our eleventh episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Max Vido, a meteorologist at ACES Power in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Episode 10: Jeff Yuhas, K–12 science teacher at the Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, New Jersey

March 3, 2020

Our tenth episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Jeff Yuhas, a K–12 science teacher at the Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, New Jersey.

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Episode 9: Ronelle Williams, Broadcast Meteorologist at KSNW-TV in Wichita, Kansas

February 18, 2020

Our ninth episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Ronelle Williams, a Broadcast Meteorologist at KSNW-TV in Wichita, Kansas.

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Episode 8: Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Geography at the University of Georgia

February 4, 2020

Our eighth episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Geography at the University of Georgia.

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Episode 7: Albert Betancourt, Catastrophe Management Analyst at American Family Insurance

January 21, 2020

Our seventh episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Albert Betancourt, Catastrophe Management Analyst at American Family Insurance.

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Episode 6: Elizabeth Austin, Forensic Meteorologist and CEO of WeatherExtreme

January 7, 2020

Our sixth episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Elizabeth Austin, Forensic Meteorologist and CEO of WeatherExtreme.

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Episode 5: Elliot Abrams, Broadcast Meteorologist & Senior Vice President at AccuWeather (retired)

December 24, 2019

Our fifth episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Mona Behl, oceanographer and associate director of NOAA's Sea Grant Program at the University of Georgia (UGA).

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Episode 4: Mona Behl, Oceanographer & Associate Director NOAA's Sea Grant Program, University of Georgia (UGA)

December 10, 2019

Our fourth episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Mona Behl, oceanographer and associate director of NOAA's Sea Grant Program at the University of Georgia, (UGA).

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Episode 3: Tony Praino, Chief Engineer & Meteorologist, IBM Research

November 26, 2019

Our third episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Tony Praino, chief engineer and meteorologist at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY.

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Episode 2: Jim Kurdzo, Radar Meteorologist, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

November 12, 2019

Our second episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Jim Kurdzo, a radar meteorologist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Episode 1: Jen Henderson, Social Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science

October 29, 2019

Our first full episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Jen Henderson, an interdisciplinary social scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado.

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Teaser: Welcome to Clear Skies Ahead!

October 22, 2019

In this first "teaser" episode of Clear Skies Ahead, learn all about the American Meteorological Society's newest podcast and meet some of the professionals working in weather, water, and climate sciences that you'll get to know in future episodes. Subscribe today in your podcatcher of choice! Our first full episode drops Tuesday, 29 October 2019.

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About the Team

KELLY SAVOIE (Co-Host) is the Director of Career Development at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in Boston where she oversees all career development activities including podcasts, webinars, the career center website, certification programs, AMAs, virtual career fairs, and other initiatives. Growing up in New England, she enjoys swimming, hiking, cycling, and winter sports.

 

BRANDON CROSE (Executive Producer and Guest Host) is the American Meteorological Society's Digital Content Creation Manager, where he shepherds all sorts of digital initiatives into life, including this very podcast! He is also a published author (Applause, Smith and Kraus, Hallmark), theatre educator, and audio dramatist (The Ordinary Epic). Twitter: @brandoncrose

 

REX HORNER (Co-Host) is the American Meteorological Society's Career Services Coordinator. He primarily supports the CBM, CCM, and CAT programs. He is an avid runner outside of work and practices watercolor illustration. 

 

PETER TREPKE (Editor, episodes 8 to present) resides in Los Angeles and is involved with media and entertainment of all kinds, including podcasts (like this one) and audiobooks, to TV and films. Website: www.PeterTrepke.com

 

STEVE SAVOIE (Theme Music) is a keyboard player, songwriter and vocalist who does solo, duo, and band performances. Steve is also a piano and vocal instructor at the Carver School of Rock.

 

JASON EMMANUEL (Co-Host and Editor, episodes 1 to 7)