Monday, January 25, 2016

A Special Announcement

This blog began in November, 2009, the day before Climategate broke. Of course, Climategate was one of the worst scandals in the history of atmospheric science. We were so busy reading the Climategate emails and trying to verify information that we were beginning to wonder what we got ourselves into. 

Kim Dugger, Mindy Cook, and I have had a great deal of fun writing the blog. It received high praise during Hurricane Sandy as the “gold standard” of coverage of the run-up to that storm. At one time or another more than three million people have visited the blog.

After more than seven years, the blog is going to continue but with a different emphasis. With the exception of storms that are scientifically unusual, I am going to discontinue daily coverage of breaking weather news. There are two reasons:
  •           The first is that my duties at AccuWeather are important and demanding. I don’t have the time I used to have.
  •          The need for real-time weather information has changed. In 2009, sophisticated smartphone apps to warn of storms did not exist in the form they do today. The need for “heads up’s” are not as great as they used to be.

So, the emphasis of this blog going forward will be issues facing weather science and related areas. I plan to post several times a week with some occasional help from Mindy. Hope you'll continue reading. 

4 comments:

  1. Mike - on a personal note I've never gotten much out of the massive 'real time' updates - if I'm in a storm area I am either sheltering or using other tools. I have always appreciated the 'keep an eye out' type posts that highlighted when my area of the country would be under threat later in the week.

    Anyway - thank you for your work this blog has been a daily read for quite a while.

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  2. I agree with Delurm - the "few days out" blog posts have always been the most useful, because once those areas become local, different tools take over. I do appreciate the blog (although I'm not a fan of all the rants about climate change and politics). Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

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  3. Hi Buck, can you give me an example of a "rant about climate change and politics" keeping in mind that politics is the "art and science of winning elections and influencing public opinion"? I'd really appreciate it, thank you.

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  4. Glad to hear you are continuing to be a voice of reason in this era of false narratives. I

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