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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Close up of flowers in the tundra.
Spring is springing earlier in polar regions than across the rest of Earth

For every 10 degrees north from the equator you move, spring arrives about four days earlier than it did a decade ago, according to researchers from Penn State, U.C. Davis and the University of Minnesota Duluth. This northward increase in the rate of springtime advance is roughly three times greater than what previous studies indicated.

Aara'L Yarber
Fellowship allows meteorology graduate student to advocate for diversity

In the middle of a Category 1 hurricane in Cape Verde, off the coast of Africa, Aara'L Yarber discovered her passion for meteorology. Coming from Los Angeles, California, she had never experienced a hurricane before.

Penn State
Interdisciplinary projects awarded seed grants from IEE

The 2017-18 Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) seed grant recipients have recently been awarded to 16 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State. This year nearly $350,000 have been awarded to more than 40 researchers in five colleges at University Park as well as at four campuses.

Filming Glovers Reef for the documentary "Chasing Coral."
Free screening of award-winning documentary 'Chasing Coral' at Penn State

A free screening of the documentary "Chasing Coral" will be shown on Feb. 28, in Foster Auditorium of Paterno Library on the University Park campus. A panel discussion by Penn State scientists will follow the screening.

 Jose D. Fuentes received the American Meteorological Society’s outstanding achievement in biometeorology.
Faculty, alumni honored for commitment to meteorology at annual conference

Members of the Penn State community took home a slew of honors at the recent 2018 American Meteorological Society meeting.