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Polarimetric radar terminology

February 27, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Writing  

My colleague Joey Picca from the Upton NWS Forecast Office tells me that the term “dual-polarimetric” is redundant because “polarimetric” already implies the use of a radar with multiple polarizations. Thus, “polarimetric” or “dual-polarization” are more proper. Image from

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February 27, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, News, Reviews  

Dan Keyser’s Edward Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award Speech: Words of Wisdom for Teachers

February 13, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri  

Daniel Keyser’s Acceptance Speech for the 2014 Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award I never expected to receive an award for teaching, let alone an award named after Ed Lorenz. I offer my heartfelt thanks to my former and current students who nominated me for the Lorenz Award and to the Selection Committee for conferring […]

A tribute to the teacher without whom Eloquent Science would not have been written

February 7, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, News, Potpourri  

Yesterday I found out that Professor Dan Keyser of the State University of New York at Albany won the 2014 Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award, given by the American Meteorological Society. The citation stipulates: “For meticulous and inspiring lectures, for a demanding yet compassionate demeanor, for his individualized mentoring and unwavering commitment to his […]

Want quick publicity? Send out a press release on your unpublished manuscript!

January 24, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri, Publishing  

As this article from describes, yet again someone has received a lot of media attention for their unpublished research. This time the study was on the eventual decline of Facebook. The slate article does a fine job of undermining the premises of the paper and showing them not to be valid (particularly the one […]

Lee Grenci is mad as hell about the use of “polar vortex” in the media.

January 24, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured  

He’s not taking it anymore.

Sell no manuscript before its time

January 18, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Publishing, Writing  

This classic TV advertisement from the late 1970s features Orson Welles proclaiming that Paul Masson winery will not sell its wine until it is ready. Unfortunately, many authors “sell” their manuscript to journals before they are ready to enter peer review. The manuscripts are often sloppy, lacking careful proofreading. References are not in the proper […]

More on plain writing in the government

January 9, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Writing  

Regular reader Brian Curran sends us this link on the Plain Writing Act and the results thereof, following up on earlier discussions of clear language in government writing. As the report card from the Center for Plain Language shows, NOAA gets a D for “Plain Writing”, although which documents were used was not stated […]

Tornadoes and the “Clash of the Air Masses”

November 26, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri  

Ever seen media reports talk about how tornadoes form in the central United States? It always seems to start with warm air from the south meeting cold air from the north. Need some examples? How about these? USA Today: The Independent: KTBC Fox News, Austin, Texas: The BBC: National Geographic: I […]

Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims

November 21, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Resources, Reviewing, Writing  

This Comment in Nature today by William Sutherland, David Spiegelhalter, and Mark Burgman is meant as a primer for policy makers who need to interpret science, but I would argue that this primer is also useful for scientists who might fall into this trap of overinterpreting or misinterpreting results in their own or others’ studies. […]

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