University of Georgia Atmospheric Sciences Program

University of Georgia Atmospheric Sciences Program Current Program Director, Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. John Knox, Graduate Advisor, Dr. David Stooksbury The Board of Regents recently approved a Major in Atmospheric Sciences.

The Major should be active in Spring 2017. From its inception, our Certificate program was a certificate program on "steroids" at 21 hours. Its founders recognized that UGA needed to offer strong curriculum to meet employer needs. Due to expansion of our Faculty and the needs of the students, our program now requires 30+ hours and is on par with any atmospheric sciences major/BS program in the country. At the same time, an array of “certificate” programs is sprouting. Most of these certificate programs are NOT as robust and do NOT meet American Meteorological Society or Federal Civil service requirements for employment or certification. UGA's does. Yet, the perception is that all certificate programs are the same. Evolving our program into a major makes sense given that the "credit hours are in Degree-level numbers" and to help our students get the respect they deserve for the work they have put in during college in our program.

And today, Spencer Jones wore his CSU shirt, too!  Spencer is headed to Colorado State for graduate school.  He and Aman...
03/25/2021

And today, Spencer Jones wore his CSU shirt, too! Spencer is headed to Colorado State for graduate school. He and Amanda will join Allie Mazurek, another of our super UGA graduates who is finishing her M.S. at CSU and will be continuing for a Ph.D. with Prof. Russ Schumacher (a student of Dr. Knox as an undergraduate at Valparaiso University 20+ years ago).

Look who stopped by yesterday--Morgan Bell (B.S., 2020)!  She's in the Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University,...
03/25/2021

Look who stopped by yesterday--Morgan Bell (B.S., 2020)! She's in the Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University, studying hurricane dynamics. And on the right that's Amanda Bowden, who is finishing her senior year here at UGA, is president of our local AMS student chapter, and is preparing to go to graduate school at Colorado State University! (They did not plan the grad school sweatshirt theme.) NCSU and CSU are a couple of the top graduate programs in our discipline, and they like our students! (More news on other grad school-bound students soon!)

Outstanding video by Dr. Knox and our students chronicling the history of AthensGaWeather with outstanding shout outs to...
02/09/2021
AGW and NGWA Gwinnett County Science Fair Video

Outstanding video by Dr. Knox and our students chronicling the history of AthensGaWeather with outstanding shout outs to pioneering program alumni Matt Daniel WBRC and Austin Chaney. This 14-minute video was curated for our partnership with Georgia's largest Science fair, which is held in the Gwinnett County School System.

Watching this video provides the history of the site, which has 75,000+ followers and provides a look at the new in-house weathercasting studio in the Geography Geology Building at UGA. It also shows some of our amazing students doing what they love.

Thank you to Dr. Knox, our students and alumni for your leadership and for this amazing recruiting tool. We also thank our generous donors for their support.

https://youtu.be/iEGLTWvU7Gw

AthensGAWeather and North Georgia Weather Authority are two pages that are run by Atmospheric Sciences Students at the University of Georgia. In thi...

Congrats Dr. Knox. Dr. Shepherd,  a former NASA Goddard scientist, says only the best and brightest are sought after for...
01/04/2021

Congrats Dr. Knox. Dr. Shepherd, a former NASA Goddard scientist, says only the best and brightest are sought after for this colloquium series #weatherdawgs

Fyi
12/19/2020

Fyi

Good stuff..Kudos students and Dr. Knoxhttps://www.facebook.com/183144841760974/posts/4628028763939204/
11/27/2020

Good stuff..Kudos students and Dr. Knox
https://www.facebook.com/183144841760974/posts/4628028763939204/

Hi, it's Dr. Knox. Something to be thankful for this weekend: the great students at UGA who make AthensGaWeather (AGW) possible. You may have noticed that we have ramped up to four videos a week Monday-Thursday afternoons, in addition to our daily Tuesday-Friday morning posts.

In addition, we make our own forecasts, based on our own analysis of observations, forecast models, and the National Weather Service forecast (which we usually look at last), and using the intuition our undergraduates are developing in our atmospheric sciences courses related to weather. We spend about 15-20 minutes each day debating the forecast for the next day's weather, as well as the day after and the 5-day forecast. The rest of our class time (and then some) is devoted to developing the graphics and posts you see, and making the videos you watch--which is how our students are learning to become broadcast meteorologists.

One question worth asking is, how good are our forecasts? Thanks to some volunteer work by senior Spencer Jones, I've been able to do some analysis of this.

We've been making next-day forecasts with the overnight low and the afternoon high regularly since mid-October. So I've compared our next-day forecasts for the past six weeks--the high, the low, and the chance of precipitation--with the observed high, low, and rainfall at the Athens-Ben Epps Airport. There are a total of 20 forecast days in the sample.

It's not a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, because the low may not occur in the morning as we assume, and the high may not occur in the mid-afternoon, as we also assume. And chance of rain is hard to compare to actual observed rainfall. Spencer's visualization helps, though. (Dots indicate observed rainfall; those at "30" were less than 1/4", and those at "35" were "1/4-1/2".)
See attached figure.

You can see that the orange forecasted high temperature tracks the observed high (gray with diamonds) pretty well. And the blue forecasted low temperature tracks the observed low (gray with boxes) pretty well. The green chance-of-rain line pops up above 30% on most of the same days when rain (big dark dots) was observed.

Summary of the analysis:

* 75% of the time the AGW forecast highs were within 3 degrees F of the observed high.

* 80% of the time the AGW forecast lows were within 3 degrees F of the observed low. In addition, 75% of the time we were within 2 degrees F of the observed low.

* AGW forecast at least a 30% chance of rain on four days during this period. It rained on all four of those days. We called for a 20% chance of rain on the other day that it rained (this past Wednesday, which was wetter than all the forecast models expected). There were no days where we called for a 30% or better chance of rain when it didn't rain.

This doesn't mean that this site is "better" than other forecast sites. After all, we'd be nowhere without the good people at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, who gather the observations and make the forecasts that we look at.

But I think it does mean that our students are doing a good job of becoming weather forecasters, and from the videos and posts you can see that they are becoming good communicators of weather information as well. And that the students' efforts are worth sharing with the Athens community, and beyond.

Thanks, UGA Atmospheric Sciences students!

Fall at the GG Building..Photo courtesy of UGA Geography
10/27/2020

Fall at the GG Building..Photo courtesy of UGA Geography

Our awesome University of Georgia  Atmospheric Sciences Program/Department of Geography studios for AthensGAWeather. Tha...
10/08/2020

Our awesome University of Georgia Atmospheric Sciences Program/Department of Geography studios for AthensGAWeather. Thanks to Katie Walls, formerly of WSB Channel 2 and colleagues in the TV media world for the wardrobe donations....Kudos John Knox and our students for the great work

Congratulations Dr. Castle Williams...a triple Dawg
08/08/2020

Congratulations Dr. Castle Williams...a triple Dawg

Congratulations again Amanda Bowden https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/information-for/students/ams-scholarships-and-...
07/03/2020
2020 AMS Scholarship and Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations again Amanda Bowden https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/information-for/students/ams-scholarships-and-fellowships/prior-ams-scholarship-and-fellowship-recipients/2020-ams-scholarship-and-fellowship-recipients/

Congratulations to the 2020 AMS Scholarship and Fellowship recipients! We look forward to seeing what's next for you as members of the weather, water, and climate community. Thank you to the sponsors that made it possible.

Congratulations Anna, one of our recent Alum. #weatherdawgs
06/30/2020

Congratulations Anna, one of our recent Alum. #weatherdawgs

06/18/2020
Congrats Lance #weatherdawg
06/18/2020

Congrats Lance #weatherdawg

We are very proud of Tyler Mauldin. If you watch CNN, be on the lookout for this talented meteorologist who is an Alumni...
06/12/2020
Critical fire weather conditions could spark new blazes - CNN Video

We are very proud of Tyler Mauldin. If you watch CNN, be on the lookout for this talented meteorologist who is an Alumni of our program and Department of Geography. This is his 1st on-air appearance with CNN. https://www.cnn.com/videos/weather/2020/06/12/daily-weather-forecast-southwest-fire-lightning-southeast-rain.cnn

Heavy rain is forecast across the Southeast coast while lightning, strong winds, hot temperatures, and dry conditions lead to a critical fire threat across the Southwest this weekend.

For students and alums
05/30/2020

For students and alums

June 3rd, 1:00-3:00 EDT
The AMS Board for Operational Government Meteorologists is hosting a panel discussion with representatives from various government agencies to explain the hiring process and what avenues are available to students making career choices.
Representatives from NOAA/NWS, NASA, FEMA, and state level emergency management will discuss hiring in their sectors, answer questions, and give tips for success.

Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4880430156619030541

Registration is full but hopefully it will be recorded
05/19/2020

Registration is full but hopefully it will be recorded

Tonight (Tuesday)
05/19/2020

Tonight (Tuesday)

Meet pioneering meteorologist Ted Fujita, who transformed our understanding of tornados. His technological advancements ...
05/16/2020
American Experience | Trailer | Mr. Tornado| American Experience | Season 32 | Episode 8

Meet pioneering meteorologist Ted Fujita, who transformed our understanding of tornados. His technological advancements saved lives and helped Americans prepare for and respond to dangerous weather phenomena. Airing: This coming Tuesday 05/19/20 at 9:00 pm
https://www.pbs.org/video/trailer-mr-tornado-american-experience/

Ted Fujita's groundbreaking work in research and applied science saved thousands of lives.

05/15/2020

Congratulations to our outstanding student Amanda Bowden. She learned recently that she is the recipient of the AMS Warren and Mary Washington Scholarship. What a great honor. If you don't know who Dr. Washington is, he is a historic pioneer in the field of climate science. Congratulations Amanda.

This article may be of interest to those of you who are interested in applying for federal jobs. https://www.federaltime...
03/27/2020
Commission calls USAJOBS listings ‘unintelligible’ in drive to reform hiring process

This article may be of interest to those of you who are interested in applying for federal jobs. https://www.federaltimes.com/management/career/2020/03/25/commission-calls-usajobs-listings-unintelligible-in-drive-to-reform-hiring-process/?fbclid=IwAR05nIvhKM8I-dFaFR2dGqOAajej9DMgEyrE2CBTNHpC9QbvJKR0gaUkUzM

A new congressionally mandated report recommends that the federal government significantly overhaul its hiring process, including simplifying the main jobs website and revising hiring authorities.

03/14/2020

Congratulations to all the new Bulldawgs that will be members of the Class of 2024!

This Thursday
02/24/2020

This Thursday

02/19/2020

Another #WeatherDawg in the National Weather Service

Congratulations Haley Stuckey on her new job with NWS Jackson (KY)

More from AMS pictures courtesy of Lindsay Nixon
01/17/2020

More from AMS pictures courtesy of Lindsay Nixon

Scenes from our students, faculty and alumni

Scenes from our students, faculty and alumni
01/15/2020

Scenes from our students, faculty and alumni

Scenes from our students, faculty and alumni

Scenes from our students, faculty and alumni
01/13/2020

Scenes from our students, faculty and alumni

Scenes from our students, faculty and alumni

01/13/2020

If you are at AMS, the officers want to meet Today (Monday) at Noon in front of the AMS100 Structure on the 1st floor for a picture. Please spread word

Scenes from our students, faculty and alumni
01/13/2020

Scenes from our students, faculty and alumni

Scenes from our students, faculty and alumni

01/11/2020

You all are cordially invited to the UGA AMS Annual Meeting Dinner at Benevento's Original Brick Oven Kitchen (Boston, MA) at 6:30pm on Tuesday, January 14th. This event is open to all undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, faculty and friends. #AMS2020 #AMS100

Thank you to our student AMS chapter for arranging this. Please help us spread the word.

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Congratulations to another UGA #WeatherDawg on receiving one of the prestigious @American Meteorological Society scholarships.
This is from the snow in 1982. I was in electronics lab when UGA closed. Since this was in the dark ages, no one came and told us that UGA had closed. When I went home I took Broad towards Alps since that hill is less steep and wider if I was to start to slide (I lived behind Arby's on Broad). I almost did not make it up the hill - rear wheel drive is terrible in snow. UGA was closed for three days. My apartment mate was an officer with UGA-PD. They would send a police car to pick-up Rich at our apartment. Lows were in the single digits but always had power.