Atmospheric Research

Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

The weather and the atmosphere have a tremendous impact on business and industry, governments, and societies, and researchers in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science aim to better understand this dynamic set of systems. From modeling the intricacies of snowfall to understanding how tornadoes and hurricanes take shape to detailing the atmospheric chemistry of the rainforest, researchers cover the gamut of the interactions between the atmosphere and the land.

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Penn State announces spring 2017 commencement
Penn State announces spring 2017 commencement events and speakers
04/24/2017

This spring Penn State expects to award 13,894 diplomas to students University-wide who are completing 226 associate, 11,435 baccalaureate, 1,590 master's, 262 law, 244 doctoral and 137 medical degrees. Following is a compilation of commencement ceremonies and speaker information for Penn State's 24 locations.


Poster of the WPSU documentary "Managing Risk in a Changing Climate"
Premiere of 'Managing Risk in a Changing Climate,' panel talk set for April 18
04/07/2017

The new WPSU documentary "Managing Risk in a Changing Climate" will premiere during Earth Week at 7 p.m. April 18 followed by a panel discussion at the State Theatre in downtown State College.


Gabriel Pena, right, and Kevin Dort, work through a scene for the Penn State Centre Stage production of "The Light in the Piazza."
Things to Do at Penn State: April 7-April 13
04/06/2017

Explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau, a performance by the University's oldest a cappella group and Ludacris' Penn State Behrend concert highlight events happening April 7-13.


Jet stream
Extreme weather events linked to climate change impact on the jet stream
03/27/2017

Unprecedented summer warmth and flooding, forest fires, drought and torrential rain -- extreme weather events are occurring more and more often, but now an international team of climate scientists has found a connection between many extreme weather events and the impact climate change is having on the jet stream.


Casey Lehecka
Meteorology senior starts on-air position six months before graduation
03/20/2017

One of Casey Lehecka's biggest goals before graduating was to get a job as a broadcast meteorologist. Now, with graduation still a few months away, she has already worked as a broadcast meteorologist at WJAC, an NBC affiliate in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for three months.