Monday, April 15th, 2024

Demons and Butterflies: Weather Predictability and Predictions

Can you predict the weather?

Predicting the weather is no easy feat. With challenging science and mathematics involved, it’s no wonder that this process can become complicated and confusing.

However, with modern technology and research it’s become easier to improve the accuracy of weather predictions. President Emeritus of the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research, Dr. Richard Anthes, has made valuable contributions to improving these weather predictions through the use of numerical weather forecasts.

On Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m., Anthes will give a talk entitled “Demons and Butterflies: Weather Predictability and Predictions” in the Myers Auditorium of McComsey Hall as part of the Paul J. McInerney Memorial Lecture. The event, which is hosted by the Department of Earth Sciences, will also feature a “meet-the-speaker” reception in the Ford Atrium prior to the event from 6-6:45 p.m.

Anthes’ talk will focus on some of the research he’s done in past years, particularly on the idea of the continued increase of forecast lead time of significant weather, such as tornados.

“Examples of successful numerical weather forecasts suggest that in some cases there is useful predictability of high-impact weather systems far beyond what classical predictability theory might suggest,” said Anthes.

Having achieved his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Wisconsin meteorology program, Anthes has immersed himself in this field for over five decades, making him a prestigious and well-known professional in his field.

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