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.
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We talk to Tanya Brown-Giammanco, Managing Director of Research at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety about building the testing facility that she now operates, engaging with the major U.S. insurance companies that are investing in her research, and how to make hail in a lab.
We talk to Matt Fronzak, Weather Portfolio Advisor and Principal Aviation Systems Engineer at the MITRE Corporation, about working in baggage and cabin service for Delta Air Lines before becoming the first meteorologist hired from within the company, managing federally funded research and development centers, and communicating uncertainty.
We talk to Doug Hilderbrand, Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Lead at the National Weather Service, about the reality working shifts on a 24/7 schedule, how the Southeast tornado outbreak in 2011 represented a crossroads for the weather enterprise, and how he has partnered with over 11,000 ambassadors as part of the Weather-Ready initiative.
Engage with Weather-Ready Nation at https://www.weather.gov/wrn/.
We talk to Vanessa Alonso, the Sunrise/Midday Meteorologist at WCBI, about borrowing every book on weather from the library while in grade school, being the first student to graduate the University of Miami with a dual major in meteorology and broadcast journalism, job searching during a recession, and her success story achieving the CBM designation.
We talk to Don Berchoff, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at TruWeather Solutions in Reston, Virginia, about flying reconnaissance missions in the Air Force, integrating weather data into operational decision-making, and why he decided to start his own company.
We talk to Carl Schrek, a Research Scholar with the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies at North Carolina State University, about experiencing the power of Hurricane Fran firsthand, how the extreme weather event led him into researching tropical meteorology, and the critical importance of math and computer programming skills in his field.
We talk to Melissa Huffman, a Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service about her experience with Hurricane Harvey and partnering with local emergency management, local government officials, broadcast meteorologists, and storm spotters to communicate weather risks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our eleventh episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Max Vido, a meteorologist at ACES Power in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Our tenth episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Jeff Yuhas, a K–12 science teacher at the Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, New Jersey.
Our ninth episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Ronelle Williams, a Broadcast Meteorologist at KSNW-TV in Wichita, Kansas.
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.
Our seventh episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Albert Betancourt, Catastrophe Management Analyst at American Family Insurance.
Our sixth episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Elizabeth Austin, Forensic Meteorologist and CEO of WeatherExtreme.
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).
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).
Our third episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Tony Praino, chief engineer and meteorologist at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY.
Our second episode of Clear Skies Ahead features Jim Kurdzo, a radar meteorologist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts.
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.
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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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. At the AMS, he supports the certification programs and creates resources for individuals in all stages of their careers. Outside of work, he is an avid runner, an amateur illustrator, and a podcast addict.
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)