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Margaret (Peggy) LeMone

American Meteorological Society

Margaret (Peggy) LeMone received her B.A. from the University of Missouri in mathematics in 1967 and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in atmospheric sciences in 1972. After a year as a postdoc in NCAR’s Advanced Study Program, she joined NCAR in 1973. She became a senior scientist in 1992. During her career at NCAR, she participated in field campaigns and modeling studies to study the fair-weather boundary layer over ocean and land and its interaction with the clouds overhead and the surface beneath, as well as organized precipitating convection. She served as cochair of the NCAR Scientists’ Assembly from 2003 to 2005. LeMone has had a lifelong interest in promoting diversity in the atmospheric sciences and education of the lay public, which earned her the NCAR Education Award in 1995 and the AMS Charles Anderson Award in 2004. She headed the AMS Ad-Hoc Committee on the Status of Women in the Atmospheric Sciences (1974–75) and was the first head of the AMS Board and Woman and Minorities (1975–78). She was on the SOARS Advisory Committee from 1995 to 2004, also serving as a mentor.

Her outreach efforts started as slide shows on clouds, later expanding to reviewing textbooks and popular books, writing chapters for a major Earth science textbook, and authoring short popular articles. She wrote The Stories Clouds Tell for the AMS Project ATMOSPHERE (1993, second edition published in 2008 by UCAR). Her formal work with teachers began through AMS Project ATMOSPHERE (~1992–96) and UCAR’s Project LEARN (1992–2000; Co-PI, 1996–2000). In 2003, she became chief scientist of GLOBE, a K–12 science education program that promotes scientific literacy and environmental awareness through student observations and research, for which she writes an educational blog on environmental topics (

LeMone served the AMS as a councillor (1977–1980, 1993–96), member of the Executive Committee (1993–96), and member of the Planning Commission (2000–05). She was associate editor (1988–91) and then editor for the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences (JAS; 1991–95), and received the Editor’s Award from JAS in 1989. She is a Fellow of the AMS and AAAS and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.





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