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Weather observations–a valuable resource

Weather observations are the backbone of understanding the climate system.  The earliest modern weather observations in the United States were taken by surgeons in the forts scattered around the country.  Later in the 1800’s, volunteer observers worked for the Smithsonian to collect weather measurements.  Now, there are many different types…
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How good was the forecast for this week’s snow?

After any winter storm, armchair meteorologists complain about how bad the forecast was, how the National Weather Service and broadcast meteorologists blew it, and how disappointed they are.  Dr. Marshall Shepherd, UGA Geography professor, put together this side-by-side comparison to show that in this very tricky situation, the NWS did…
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