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June 2, 2023
The U.S. Budget in 5 Minutes: A Primer for Scientists
The federal budget is the cornerstone for much of the scientific funding in the United States. But do you know how it works?
May 22, 2023
The Yarnell Hill Fire: Microbursts, Density Currents, and 19 Lost Lives
A Research Spotlight from the 14th Annual Fire and Forest Meteorology Symposium, 2–4 May, 2023 The Yarnell Hill Fire the day it began, June 28, 2013. Image credit: USDA Arizona’s Yarnell Hill Fire ranks among the U.S. wildfires with the most firefighter fatalities. On June 30, 2013, members of the interagency Granite Mountain Hotshots were ... Read more
April 27, 2023
Climate Change Is Driving Piracy on the Seas
by AMS Staff Photo credit: Pok Rie, Pexels Climate change is an unseen force behind maritime piracy, with opposite impacts on two of the world’s major pirate hotspots, according to a paper just published in the American Meteorological Society journal Weather, Climate, and Society (WCAS). The study, by Bo Jiang, PhD (University of Macau), and ... Read more
December 23, 2021
Even without a White Christmas….Snow Measurements Must Go On
The Pacific Northwest still is one of the few shining spots on the snow map for this holiday, but if Seattle is waiting with bated breath (and outstretched tongue)  for a big, beautiful White Christmas, Cliff Mass throws a bucket of cold (flakes?) on hopes for deep cover. He explains how numerical prediction models can ... Read more
July 28, 2021
Derecho Possible in the Upper Midwest Today
Severe thunderstorms are expected to erupt late this afternoon in the upper Midwest and, according to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), they could organize into a single, large bowing line capable of widespread damaging winds called a derecho tonight. Last summer a very destructive derecho blitzed Iowa with wind gusts over 100 mph. SPC’s Day 1 ... Read more
March 17, 2021
Southeasterners Perceive Tornado Risk Dangerously Different Than They Should, Especially at Night
While a major winter storm last month was plastering the United States from Texas and New Mexico to New England with heavy snow and ice, volatile conditions in the Southeast (SE) spawned damaging and deadly tornadoes. One of these overnight Monday, February 16, tragically took the lives of 3 people and injured 10 in coastal ... Read more
March 28, 2023
Climate Knowledge is Critical to Supporting the Workforce of the Future
August 31, 2022
International Report Confirms Record-High Greenhouse Gases, Sea Levels and Ocean Heat in 2021

The international annual review of the world’s climate, led by scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information and published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society(AMS), is based on contributions from more than 530 scientists in over 60 countries. It provides the most comprehensive update on Earth’s climate indicators, notable weather events and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice and in space.

December 15, 2021
Annual Climate Attribution Research Examines 2020 Extreme Weather Events

Failed monsoon rains that reignited the southwestern US drought, massive flooding in central China, a spring heat wave in western Europe, and Siberian wildfires were some of the extreme weather events made more likely by human-caused climate change in 2020, according to new research published today in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS).

December 9, 2021
New AMS Executive Director Named

I am happy to announce that the AMS Council has appointed Dr. Stella Kafka as the next AMS Executive Director. Stella comes to AMS from the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), a nonprofit worldwide scientific and educational organization of amateur and professional astronomers, where she is currently Executive Director.

September 14, 2021
AMS Education Program Creating New Teacher Professional Development Course, Project Ice
The American Meteorological Society announces a new partnership with the Center for Oldest Ice Exploration (COLDEX), a National Science Foundation-funded effort lead by Oregon State University, to discover Antarctica's oldest ice and through it, learn more about how the Earth's climate has changed throughout its history.
August 25, 2021
International Report Confirms Record-High Greenhouse Gases, Sea Levels

Greenhouse gases and global sea levels both reached record highs in 2020—as the planet sweltered in a near-record warm year—according to the 31st annual State of the Climate report.

January 26, 2021
New Research Examines Climate Change's Role in 2019 Extreme Weather Events

Precipitation from Hurricane Dorian, South Africa’s extraordinary four-year drought, fires in Alaska and China, and devastating floods in southern Canada were some of the extreme weather events made more likely by human-caused climate change in 2019, according to new research published today in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS).

December 9, 2019
New Research Examines Climate Change's Role in 2018 Extreme Weather Events

AMS released the eighth edition of the report, Explaining Extreme Events in 2018 from a Climate Perspective, featuring the research of 121 scientists from 13 countries looking at both historical observations and model simulations to determine whether and by how much climate change may have influenced particular extreme events.

August 12, 2019
Annual State of the Climate Report Released Showing Effects of Planet's Warming Across Multitudes of Key Indicators

A new State of the Climate report released today by AMS confirms that 2018 was one of the hottest years on record.

January 31, 2019

AMS announces that Professor Anthony J. Broccoli of Rutgers University has been appointed Publications Commissioner, effective January 6, 2019.