AMS Celebrates 100 Years
Join us as we celebrate our history and plan for the challenges of the future.
When Charles Franklin Brooks founded the American Meteorological Society in 1919, could he have imagined the accomplishments of the next 100 years? AMS has grown from a small group of scientists and weather enthusiasts into the nation's premier scientific and professional organization advancing the atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences and leveraging them for the benefit of society. Can our global community of today envision where the AMS will be in 100 years?
What Is Your AMS Story?
We are gathering stories to recognize the strength, diversity, and accomplishments of our community, from the beginning right up to today.
Your story is our story. Help us tell it.
Send your story in through twitter with #ams100 or use the form below.
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Most recent stories
I believe becoming a lifelong lover of the weather was a foregone conclusion for me as I grew up in Northeast Ohio. At the time, I had no idea that my favorite childhood memories of lake effect snow and (the improperly-named) "heat lightning" could lead to an amazing career.
Jill F. Hasling
My first AMS meeting was most likely when I was less than 1. My father was teaching at Texas A&M University. I can remember traveling all over the US with the family attending AMS meetings. I am so lucky that I was able to work with my father for 30 years, Dr. John C. Freeman, as a meteorologist.
I joined AMS in 1964, when it was expected of me as a new employee at the (then) National Weather Records Center in Asheville, NC.
I grew up in central Massachusetts in the 1950s. I have vivid memories of hurricanes--among them Carol in '53 and Connie and Diane in '55. The latter two brought torrential rain and serious flooding to the area where we lived.
I attended the Project Atmosphere training in Kansas City. I had an amazing time, made friends from all over the place! The training was very valuable and I use it in my classroom all the time. We even did a little storm chasing, actually it was a trip to the casino that ended up that way!
During my senior year of high school, my class was assigned to write a research term paper on a career that we were interested in pursuing. After careful thought, I chose meteorology. I loved science and had always been interested in how fast weather conditions can change.
Edward J. Hopkins
In 1995 I became part of the AMS Education Program team upon the invitation of its founding Director Ira Geer. My colleague Joe Moran, who was writing weather education materials for the Program asked me to help edit the "Glossary of Weather and Climate with Related Oceanic and Hydrologic Terms," which was intended for educators, students and the public.
In 1988, I attended a conference about "Earth Science Education in the 21st Century" sponsored by the American Geological Institute. I wrote a letter to the then-President of AMS asking what we were doing. He responded by putting me on the Board of School and Popular Meteorological and Oceanographic Education (now known more simply as BOPE).
Brack W. Gillespie
The most memorable educational moment with the AMS was touring the NWS Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City. It was incredible to see both the number of aircraft in the sky at one time AND how the meteorologists were able to direct flights in response to the weather. The tour was provided as part of the AMS Project DataStreme summer class, and I always reference this experience while teaching.
I participated in the AMS Climate Diversity Workshop in May 2017, and I was given so much support and access to such amazing resources that I have since delivered a climate-based module to 40 undergraduate students at my Minority Serving Institute (August 2017- July 2018).
My first experience with AMS was in 1996 when I was selected to participate in the Maury Project. This amazing professional development completely changed the trajectory of my career. Thanks to my participation in that first AMS educational opportunity I have been around the world, literally, learning and teaching about oceans, atmosphere, and climate.
Every spring and summer storms would come rolling across north Texas and I couldn’t get enough of it. The plan was simple: go to school and become a meteorologist, but things changed after 9/11. Being raised in a military family, I felt a need to serve my country, but still wanted pursue my dreams.
Kirk Bryan Jr
...As I look back I am deeply grateful for the opportunities I have had to work with the AMS in various ways. In one meeting I remember we initiated the Journal of Climate, which has turned out to be pretty important to my friends still doing research.
My father was a pilot and taught me about weather from a very young age. My mother was a scientist who also fostered a positive environment for a young girl interested in a STEM field.
I didn't have an "event" that created my AMS story. I just love learning! I enjoy the field of atmospheric science because it is an array of sciences all combined together!
Dianna M. Francisco
For my 7th grade science project, I watched the weather forecast on two main local TV channels and compared their 24-hour forecasts.
Oladiran Abimbola Johnson
It was my undergraduate professors, Prof. A. A. Balogun and Prof. (that time Dr.) O. O. Jegede that got me interested in meteorology/weather/atmospheric physics.
I have a vivid memory of watching the storm that spawned the Catoosa tornado as it tracked east of town. The base of that storm was perfectly flat and dark as night.
The "event" that got me interested in weather was my Physical Oceanography oral exam in graduate school for marine biology in the mid-70s.
My dad helped me set up a weather station when I was 9 years old, kept daily records of temperature and rainfall through high school.
Looking back and moving forward: this is the science of weather, water, and climate, from 100 years ago to the present day.
The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society has led the advancement of weather, water, and climate science since its first issue in 1920. For 2020, we are in the process of making every issue free and available online from cover to cover. Find out how you can help, and explore the BAMS archives.
A Century of Progress in Atmospheric and Related Sciences: Celebrating the American Meteorological Society Centennial celebrates 100 years of scientific research in the areas covered by AMS publications. The monograph will consist of around 27 articles, which together will review 100 years of progress in key fundamental areas of research and the grand challenges in those areas of research in the coming decades.
The Centennial Campaign
We're building the next 100 years of AMS. With your support, just imagine what we will accomplish next.
By funding initiatives like student travel grants, science education programs, cross-discipline collaboration efforts, and scholarships, your contribution will help us advance science in the next century and empower the next generation of scientists to change the world.
Last year, AMS gave out 40 scholarships and fellowships to promising students from all across the country.