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An intelligent change in the weather: The Weather Channel's Weather Geeks

Dr. Marshall Shepherd serves as host of Weather Geeks.  The show airs on The Weather Channel Sundays at 12pm and is a forum for the science of weather.  Check it out!
Dr. Marshall Shepherd serves as host of Weather Geeks. The show airs on The Weather Channel Sundays at 12pm and is a forum for the science of weather. Check it out!
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How's the weather?

It's a question all of us have essentially each and every day. Some use the forecast to figure out what we're going to wear during the day, planning a vacation, or figuring out if we'll be out and about or staying at home for the day (or longer). Likewise, when we want to get an idea of seasonal and other trends, having a working idea of the weather provides us with information to act and plan accordingly.

But what of some larger issues and trends that are taking shape? Some may be concerned about topical issues such as global warming, drought conditions, and other pressing and wider-ranging issues. Such items aren't going to be able to get the full attention and analysis that is provided in a shortened or abbreviated forecast. However, in a weekly 30-minute forum in which the leading minds of the science of meteorology share, exchange, and articulate these and other issues at hand, anyone, ranging from the novice to the expert, can be a better point of reference of the nature of the areas of concern and interest regarding weather.

With its recent launch (July 20th), the show "Weather Geeks" provides a televised forum by and for the weather community. Airing each Sunday from 12-12:30pm (EST), the show, hosted by Dr. Marshall Shepherd, encompasses minds and experts from multiple arenas with a focus on addressing and analyzing the aforementioned topics.

Dr. Shepherd, who is the director of the University of Georgia's atmospheric sciences program and is the past president of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), notes how the show provides an opportunity to hear from the best minds in the field to discuss key and growing issues related to weather and other interconnected areas of concern. "Our vision is for the show (Weather Geeks) to be a weekly forum for those types of discussions, and I am looking forward to inviting scientists from across the weather community to be a part of the show".

With guests from organizations including the NOAA, NWS, FEMA, academia, the media, and the private sector, a wide array of topics are covered. The debut show (on July 20th) focuses on the merits of storm-chasing, featuring noted storm-chaser Dr. Charles Doswell.

The past Sunday show on August 3rd show featured discussions on the impact of seasonal hurricane forecasts and how effective the forecasts and projections are in regards to preparation and planning during the peak months of the season. One of the show's guests, Brandon Bolinski (a meteorologist who serves as a liaison with FEMA and the National Hurricane Center), notes their strategy of doing assessments during the "slow" season to help plan and prepare for possible hurricane and other weather scenarios. While April, June, and August are the forecast times (with August being the key forecast month), sometimes, forecasts do not always come into play (for example, of the 8 predicted hurricanes for 2013, only 2 take place), but being as prepared as possible regardless is key, along with the training, technology, and overall planning implemented.

With the scientifically sound and savvy presence of Dr. Shepherd combined with a broad cross-section of professionals within the larger field of meteorology, Weather Geeks provides a weekly national platform for the weather community to come together and share ideas and expertise. Not only can it better inform the general public of the "science of weather", but it can provide improved means of analysis and potential problem-solving when it comes to matters related to climate and changes in the weather.

Science and sensibility; that can bring about an intelligent change in the perception of the weather.