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What we know and don’t know about tornado formation

— posted on Sep 17, 2014 03:14 PM

Forecasters would love to predict violent weather with more accuracy and longer lead times. Researchers are helping them by unraveling the science behind the complex sequence of events that lead to tornadoes.

Airlines Take the Bump Out of Turbulence

— posted on Sep 10, 2014 01:12 PM

Just a few years ago, airlines got their weather reports by telex. Pilots pored over reams of paper and compared the forecasts with their flight plans. Once airborne, they depended on radio communications and rudimentary radar to avoid bad weather.

College of EMS Upward Bound Math and Science team takes top honors

— posted on Aug 12, 2014 10:32 AM

Two students, Mark Santana-Crespo from Harrisburg High School and Malika Williams-Brooks from Harrisburg SciTech High School, mentored by a team of meteorology researchers in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), took overall first place at the Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) Summer Residential Program’s Awards Ceremony held on Tuesday, July 22, at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus

Scientists Predict Increased Rain, Floods for Northeast

— posted on Aug 11, 2014 09:19 AM

Residents of New England and the Mid-Atlantic states will experience increased rainfall and floods if data analysis by a Penn State meteorologist and long-term projections by a fisheries biologist, with a specialty in surface water pollution, are accurate.

Battle stations for an ice-free Arctic

— posted on Aug 11, 2014 09:20 AM

The summer seas around the North Pole could be ice-free in 15 years. Rear Admiral David Titley was given the task of working out what that meant for the US Navy. He talks with Elizabeth Finkel.

Evans named acting director of Institutes of Energy and the Environment

— posted on May 28, 2014 10:09 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Jenni L. Evans, professor of meteorology, has been named acting director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE) by Neil Sharkey, interim vice president for research. The appointment is effective July 1.