Drought Scorches Texas – And The Record Books, Says Texas A&M Professor

COLLEGE STATION, July 6, 2011 – The months-long Texas drought is sapping the record books bone dry and is racking up dire statistics that have never been reached since reliable record-keeping was started 116 years ago, according to figures from Texas A&M University researchers.

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ATMO student sails the seas

Peter Deng, graduate student for Sarah Brooks, is sailing on the ASPARAGUS Cruise -Air-Sea Phytoplankton Altered Rates
the Atlantic Gas Underway Study.

He is blogging about his work and adventures, along with the other members of the science team.


Atmospheric scientist studying interactions between climate and hurricanes

As hurricane season draws near, the airwaves become saturated with experts predicting how many storms we will see that year. Those predictions, however, aren't always accurate thanks to our short record of hurricane observations and the complicated way storms form. With a lifelong interest in hurricanes and experience studying Earth's past climates, Texas A&M atmospheric scientist Robert Korty is using computer models to study how hurricanes behave in climates ranging from the last ice age to the predicted warmer world of the future.



Atmospheric Sciences professor receives university teaching award

Texas A&M University and the Association of Former Students announced Thursday that Courtney Schumacher, an atmospheric sciences professor, will receive the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching. The award “recognizes, encourages and rewards superior classroom teachers” who “exemplify the meaning of teacher/mentor in the highest sense.” Among the University’s 2,000 professors, 10 receive the annual award.


Which way will the wind blow?

Texas A&M atmospheric scientist Kenneth Bowman and graduate student Cameron Homeyer are using weather observations and forecasts, along with a computer model Bowman created, to predict the path that air passing over Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plants could take in following days. Short term predictions for a few days are reasonably accurate, but projections beyond four or five days have the same limited reliability inherent to all weather forecasts. Bowman also cautions that these models only predict the paths that air will follow and not how much radioactivity will spread. Much is still unknown about the altitude and magnitude of the releases and currently the only knowledge of how much radioactivity was released comes from news reports.

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