Please Explain: Predicting the Weather

Friday, November 02, 2012

For Please Explain we’re looking at how experts predict the weather—and storms like Hurricane Sandy—and how improving technology is making the science more precise. Dr. Robert Gall, Development Manager of the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Dr. Adam Sobel, Professor in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.


Robert Gall and Adam Sobel

Comments [6]

Amy from Manhattan

As Leonard said, airplane flights contribute to global warming. But you can buy carbon offsets to balance your share of the carbon emitted for each trip. More info is at:

Nov. 02 2012 01:05 PM
Lou from Highland Park. NJ

It seems to me that Sandy, with its unusual track, was a good test of the models. Would your guests care to comment?

Nov. 02 2012 12:57 PM
will in chelsea from chelsea

Why did Sandy begin it's life in Central America? And what atmosphere conditions allowed the path?

Nov. 02 2012 12:39 PM
Allister from Port Chester, NY

Your guests mentioned the primary importance of weather satellites. A recent article in the NY Times claimed that our current satellites are expected to last a few more years, and there are plans for the next generation, but that there will be a gap between with no working satellites, and therefore no satellite information. Could your guests comment on the consequences for predicting storms like Sandy?

Nov. 02 2012 12:34 PM

Judging from meteorologists' success predicting the course and strength of Sandy, it would appear there is not much else to know, perfection is nigh. What else or more would the guests find useful?

Nov. 02 2012 12:32 PM
John A. from Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix 0-1.

Can you sort out these governmental agencies for us?

NOAA = National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NCAR = National Center for Atmospheric Research
NCRC = National Climate-Computing Research Center
CMRS = Climate Modeling and Research System
OAR = Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
NWS = National Weather Service
EMC = Environmental Modeling Center
NCEP = National Centers for Environmental Prediction

Nov. 02 2012 12:18 PM

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