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I've been at UCAR & NCAR since 1989, covering the wide range of research and related activities conducted by NCAR, UOP, and UCAR's members and affiliates. I've also given a number of public and scholastic talks on weather and climate for audiences in the United States, England, and Australia. Working with UCAR exhibits staff, I helped conceptualize and created text and illustrations for the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail, the nation's first such interpretive exhibit.
I was born and raised in the Great Plains metropolis of Oklahoma City. Surrounded by wild weather, I grew up fascinated by it. My bachelor's degree at Rice University featured an interdisciplinary major in meteorology and psychology. I went to graduate school in both meteorology and journalism at the University of Oklahoma. For my M.A. thesis in journalism, I studied the broadcasting of severe weather warnings on local television.
I am a contributing editor of Weatherwise and have written for Nature, Scientific American, Audubon, AIR & SPACE/Smithsonian, Sierra, the Guardian, and a number of other publications. I was a frequent correspondent for the Weather Notebook radio series and have occasionally guest-blogged for Capital Weather Gang (Washington Post). I've also written several books:
The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change (American Meteorological Society, spring 2014)
Weather on the Air: A History of Broadcast Meteorology (American Meteorological Society, 2010)
Honorable mention, 2010 ASLI Choice (History), Atmospheric Science Librarians International
The Rough Guide to Weather (Penguin, 2002; second edition, 2008)
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.