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TUESDAY JANUARY 30 - ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY
Last week I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico attending the Annual Meeting of the
American Meteorological Society. This society is a scientific and professional
organization serving the atmospheric and related sciences.
Calling this get-together a "meeting" is a bit deceptive. This wasn't twenty
people in a room for a half-day talking about administrative matters. Rather,
there were about 2000 meteorologists there for five days attending about ten separate
conferences on subjects ranging from weather modification to global climate change.
I chaired a session about "Informal Education in Meteorology" - joined by a TV
meteorologist and a journalist from Weatherwise, a popular non-technical monthly
magazine about the weather.
My talk focused on - appropriately - how museums help
contribute to the public's understanding of the weather. In fact, these Franklin
Facts even got a mention. In the coming weeks, I'll fill you in on some of the other
hot topics from this year's meeting.