Broadcast Mets/Weathercasters Workshops
Planned for Chicago and Portland, Oregon

Two climate change science one-day workshops for broadcast meteorologists are scheduled for the first half under auspices of The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media.

The first workshop, aimed at meeting the information needs of broadcast meteorologists and weathercasters in five midwestern states, is being underwritten by a grant from the McCormick Foundation of Chicago. The April 18 by-invitation workshop, to be held at The Field Museum, is designed for 15 television meteorologists and weathercasters from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. As of the middle of January, seven of those available 15 invitations have been confirmed, leaving eight more seats to be filled.

The April 18 workshop format will allow invited meteorologists to interact extensively with the expert faculty, which itself will be comprised both of nationally recognized climate scientists and television meteorologists having developed their own expertise on climate science. Issues to be addressed will reflect results from recent surveys of television meteorologists and weathercasters concerning climate change. For instance, experts at the April 18 workshop will address similarities and differences between climate and weather models, scientific understanding of the relationships between a warmer climate and frequency and severity of storms, uncertainties surrounding impacts of clouds, and potential implications of climate change in the Midwest.

A second workshop, to be held on June 21 as part of the American Meteorological Society’s annual broadcast meteorologists meeting in Portland, Oregon, was approved by AMS during its annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ., in mid-January. Formal and detailed plans for this official AMS “short course” – for which attending meteorologists and weathercasters will get continuing education credits – are just getting under way. Funding for the AMS short course is being provided by The Grantham Foundation for Protection of the Environment as part of the foundation’s overall support to The Yale Forum. Through that financial support, AMS will be able to waive or substantially reduce its standard short course registration fee for attending meteorologists and weathercasters, a particularly valuable incentive in the current economic climate.

Additional information on both workshops will be provided in this newsletter in coming months, and specific questions can be addressed to the Editor at bud@yaleclimatemediaforum.org.

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