Broadcast meteorologists are often the only people in television newsrooms who have a background in science. That makes them qualified not just to deliver the weather, but also to provide more science news to the viewing audience.
The American Meteorological Society (AMS), the nation’s premier professional organization for those in the atmospheric and related sciences, is promoting the notion of regarding broadcast meteorologists as the “station scientists,” and equipping them to cover a broader range of science topics for their station, in addition to tomorrow’s weather. This would include environmental and space issues, weather and climate impacts on public health, transportation, agriculture, energy use, and other topics.
This committee has dedicated itself to assisting broadcast meteorologists in filling that role at their individual stations. Our mission is to provide fellow broadcasters with the latest scientific information about the atmosphere and climate and to empower and inspire them to educate their viewers.