F802 Summer 2018 Weather and Climate . . . or is it Climate and Weather?
Wednesday, 9:40–11:05, July 11
Fairfax Lord of Life
Instructor: Bob Ryan
Coordinator: Stephanie Trachtenberg
“This isn’t the weather I grew up with” is a familiar reaction to what seem like significant changes in weather patterns. Bigger, more costly storms, floods, droughts, and weather extremes are having societal impacts on hundreds of millions around the world and economic impacts worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Is the weather changing, or is modern society just more vulnerable to the vagaries of the atmosphere and oceans? What are weather and climate? How do we forecast tomorrow’s weather and climate or the weather and climate our grandchildren will experience? This presentation will review the history and methods of the science of weather forecasting. Politics and policy can drive discussions and views of weather, but “Nature has no agenda.” The outlooks for tomorrow’s weather and climate are questions science is trying to answer.
Bob Ryan retired as chief meteorologist for WJLA Channel 7 in 2013, after previously serving as chief meteorologist at Washington NBC affiliate WRC-TV from 1980-2010. Prior to this, he was the Today Show's first on-air meteorologist. Ryan has a BS in physics and an MA in atmospheric science from the University at Albany. He worked as an atmospheric researcher at Arthur D. Little Inc. Ryan is past president of the American Meteorological Society and wrote and published the Weatherwise Almanac for 25 years.